• The family of the late David Gavin of Castlebar are immensely relieved and thankful to  everyone who  has supported them in their successful search to recover his body.

    David’s remains were located and recovered from Kinbasket Lake in Canada on Saturday.

    He had got into difficulty after jumping from a logging bridge over a river estuary that flows into Kinbasket Lake, last June. He and some friends were en route to a football tournament in Calgary, Alberta, when they stopped off for a swim.David had been living and working in Canada at the time.

    Water levels had reduced greatly in the lake in recent weeks to allow a third search to resume.

    David’s parents Michael and Angela and his girlfriend Ciara and her parents were at the lake on Saturday during the search.

    It was the Calgary Canine Search Team that located the remains.

    David’s Uncle Bryan Gavin spoke to Midwest News this morning and said that conditions at the lake had improved significantly for the search over recent days.

    David’s family and an Irish diver, David McGloin had arrived in Canada for the resumption of the search a week ago today (Monday).

    A group of Irish divers from the Sheephaven and the Granuaile diving clubs were due to fly out to Canada today (Monday) to assist in the search, but Bryan said thankfully they were now not required, explaining that the sniffer dogs managed to locate David’s remains on Saturday afternoon in the lake.

    Bryan again thanked the public for their support in what has been a long and difficult search and he also thanked the GAA in Canada for their input in the search efforts.

    David’s body is expected to be released to his family by the weekend, at which time plans to fly his remains home will get underway.


  • Gardai in Co Galway have recovered four puppies which were stolen from Craughwell over two weeks ago.

    As part of a cross-border operation, a number of dogs were recovered in Belfast Harbour on their way to a ferry.

    During the course of a search and seize operation at Belfast Harbour, a number of doges were recovered by Belfast City Council Animal Welfare Service.

    They included the four fox hound puppies which were stolen in Craughwell on 21st June.

    The operation involved Gardai, Belfast Harbour Police, Belfast City Council Animal Welfare Service, the Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the ISPCA.

    The puppies, which were just 4 weeks old when they were stolen from Craughwell, have been returned to their owner and their mother and are said to be in good health.

    Gardai are advising pet owners to protect their animals be ensuring they are micro-chipped, as this ensures they can be easily identified if found and returned to their owner.

    It's also important that dogs and cats have a collar with the owner's contact details.