A POST mortem is due to be carried out tomorrow after the body of a young man - believed to be that of a University of Limerick student - was found in Galway this morning.
Brian Gubbins (19), who was originally from Nenagh, was a first-year-old student of Journalism and New Media at UL and was last seen in a nightclub in Galway city centre shortly after midnight on Friday.
It is understood he had travelled to Galway with a group of other students from UL and was on a night out in the city having earlier taken part in a ‘mystery tour’ type event.
The alarm was raised on Friday morning after Brian failed to get the bus back to Limerick.
Led by gardai at Mill Street station, a number of searches took place on Friday and again yesterday. This morning dozens of friends travelled from Limerick and elsewhere to assist in the search.
A major campaign was also launched on Facebook and Twitter in an effort to locate him following his disappearance.
A spokesperson for the Garda Press Office confirmed the body of a young man, who has not been formally identified, was recovered from the River Corrib at around 10am today.
After being recovered from the water near Bridge Street, the body was taken to University Hospital Galway where a post-mortem will be conducted.
Following confirmation of the discovery, numerous tributes were posted online and on social media.
“My thoughts & prayers today are with the Gubbins family. RIP Brian. Thanks to his friends & neighbours from Nenagh who took part in search,” stated the Environment Minister Alan Kelly on his Twitteraccount.
While foul play is not suspected, gardai at Mill Street are investigating the circumstances of the young man’s body.