Tributes to Lecarrow man after tragic death in Athlone





Trevor Brennan widely mourned


Tributes have been paid to young Lecarrow man, Trevor Brennan, who tragically drowned after falling into the River Shannon in Athlone last Sunday night.

  It is understood that the popular 34-year-old farmer had been phoning for a taxi when he slipped and fell into the water at Quay Wall (behind Sean’s Bar) at approximately 11.20 pm. He was taken to Portiuncula Hospital, where was pronounced dead at 3 am.

  A statement from Lough Ree RNLI read:

‘At 11.25 pm on Sunday Lough Ree RNLI volunteers were alerted by the Irish Coast Guard in Malin Head to reports of a person in the water at Athlone town on the quays between the Castle and Sean’s Bar. Athlone Sub Aqua Club were also alerted to the incident.

  ‘The volunteer crew on board the inshore lifeboat, The Eric Rowse, were quickly on scene and immediately commenced a search for the person. They were joined by members of Athlone Sub Aqua Club. Conditions at the time were very calm with partial visibility due to darkness. 

  ‘A casualty was taken from the water and handed into the care of HSE Paramedics who were waiting on the quay side and brought to hospital.

  ‘Athlone Gardai have sadly confirmed that the person subsequently passed away.

  ‘Lough Ree RNLI and Athlone Sub Aqua Club would like to extend their sincere condolences to the family at this time’.

  Mr. Brennan had been a valued member of both St. John’s Athletic and St. Dominic’s GAA and both clubs as well as neighbouring GAA club St. Brigid’s paid tribute to him earlier this week.

  St. John’s Athletic posted an emotional tribute on social media: ‘It is with great sadness we announce that we have lost a great club member, player and friend in Trevor Brennan.

  ‘His sudden and untimely passing has brought big shock and sadness to our club and community.

  ‘On behalf of everyone at St. John’s Athletic we wish to pass on our condolences to Trevor’s family and friends.’

  St. John’s’ Roscommon & District Football League Challenge Cup game against Castlerea Celtic B, which was scheduled to take place this Saturday, has been postponed as a mark of respect.

  St. Dominic’s GAA described Trevor as a “loyal player and supporter”: ‘As 2018 draws to a close, we were very sad to learn…of the tragic loss of club member and friend, Trevor Brennan.

  ‘Trevor was a loyal player and supporter of St. Dominic’s for the duration of his short life. His sudden and untimely passing has brought great shock and sadness to the entire community.

  ‘As we wish all our players, supporters, members and management teams a very Happy New Year we ask everyone to spare a thought for Trevor’s family at this very difficult time and keep them in your prayers.’

  Kiltoom club St. Brigid’s said “neighbour and friend” Trevor had been a “huge support” to the club during the 2017 Sheep Shearing Festival held at the club.

  The late Trevor Brennan is mourned by his parents, John and Marie, brother Declan and sister Sonya, brother-in-law Ciaran, Declan’s partner Edel, grandparents Teresa and Annie, nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts and many friends.

  Funeral Mass takes place today (Thursday) in St. John’s Church, Lecarrow at 11 am with burial afterwards in the local cemetery.