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Tipperary Man Drowned In Co. Clare

A father who was left grief-stricken following the drowning of his teenage son, has sadly lost his own life while out swimming yesterday, at Lahinch beach in Co Clare.

Mr Fran Harding, a Tipperary native, aged in his early 40’s, died after getting into difficulty in the sea, at around 10.45am, as his wife Sarah Jane witnessed the tragedy from the shore line. It is understood the couple were expecting their first child together.

Mr Harding, aged in his early 40s, had lost his 15-year-old son Shay Moloney when he died trying to saved his friend Jack Kenneally, also aged 15 years, from a lake of water in a disused quarry.

The body of Mr Harding was plucked from the sea by the crew of Rescue 115, an Irish Coast Guard helicopter, before being winched onto the beach. Here efforts to resuscitate him quickly got underway.

After paramedics spent about 25 minutes fighting to revive the man, the casualty was transferred to the helicopter and airlifted from the scene to University Hospital Limerick in a critical condition.

Sadly, a short time later, Mr Harding was pronounced dead in hospital.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

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