UPDATE: Limerick-based soldier died following training at barracks

SERVING OFFICER FOUND 'UNRESPONSIVE' BY ARMY COLLEAGUES

Fintan Walsh

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Gardaí investigating sudden death of young Limerick-based soldier

The soldier was found unresponsive at Sarsfield Barracks on Thursday

A YOUNG soldier who died suddenly this week was found unresponsive by Defence Forces colleagues after a training session at Sarsfield Barracks, a spokesperson has said. 

The spokesperson confirmed this week that the serving officer, aged 23, fell ill after organised recreational physical training at the city barracks, this Thursday at 1.30pm.

The Defence Forces medics were called to the scene to administer CPR to the young man, who was then transferred to University Hospital Limerick, where he was later pronounced dead, the spokesperson stated. 

Gardaí at Roxboro Road are investigating the sudden death of the soldier, and a garda spokesperson confirmed that the incident is not being treated as suspicious. A file will prepared for the coroner, the spokesperson added. 

A source at Sarsfied Barracks told the Leader this Friday morning: “What I have been told is that the deceased only came to Limerick on Tuesday. He was training on the camp field and just after he finished, he took ill.”

In a statement issued to the Limerick Leader this Friday afternoon, a Defence Forces spokesperson said they "are providing a liaison officer to offer any assistance to his family during this difficult time".