Funeral arrangements announced for Limerick man recovered from river

Donal O’Regan

Reporter:

Donal O’Regan

THE funeral arrangements have been announced for the pensioner who was found by Limerick Marine Search and Rescue in the Mulcair river yesterday morning.

THE funeral arrangements have been announced for the pensioner who was found by Limerick Marine Search and Rescue in the Mulcair river yesterday morning.

Gardai are treating the death of Herbert Gow, of Glenstal, Murroe as a tragic accident. He was a single man in his early eighties. Mr Gow was found after two days of searching. On Friday morning it was reported to gardai that there was a suspicious hole in the ditch at Eyon Bridge - a couple of miles from Cappamore village. Driving conditions were said to be difficult due to the inclement weather conditions and the river was in flood due to heavy rainfall.

Searches were carried out by Limerick Marine Search and Rescue and fisheries officials. At around 7.30pm on Saturday a Citroen Xantia was found and was taken from the Mulcair at 9.30am on Sunday morning.

Due to Mr Gow’s popularity in the community large crowds are expected to pay their respects at Meehan’s Funeral Home, Newport on Tuesday between 5 and 8pm.

Funeral service at Christ Church, 51 O’Connell Street, Limerick on Wednesday at noon. Burial afterwards at Abington cemetery, Murroe.

The late Mr Gow is the beloved brother of Anna and Willie, and is sadly missed by his loving sister in law Florrie, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, relatives and many friends.

Cllr John Egan, who knew Mr Gow well, said the whole community was in shock at the news.

“He was an extremely kind person - a very good farmer and keen historian. He made a massive contribution to his community and will be sadly missed by all who knew him,” said Cllr Egan.

Meanwhile, a helicopter had to be called to Kilkee for a second consecutive weekend to airlift patients to hospital following two separate but simultaneous accidents on Saturday.

Three members of the Aughinish Diving Club were taken to hospital in Galway, one with a suspected case of the bends after ascending from the depths too rapidly. They shared the air ambulance journey with a Limerick city woman in her 60s who is believed to have suffered damaged ribs after slipping from the pier, an accident which delayed the start of the annual Bay Swim on Saturday afternoon.

Seventeen-year-old Cillian Rea, from Crecora, has made a good recovery after hitting his head after diving from the same pier a week ago.