Guards of honour by sporting and community groups will be provided at the joint funeral of a Roscommon man who died alongside his sister that he tried to save from the sea off Kerry last week.

Desmond ‘Dessie’ Byrne (52) drowned alongside his 62-year-old Swedish-based sister, Muriel Eriksson on Thursday evening last.

His teenage son was on the Ballybunion beach at the time

The double tragedy,  the worst drowning incident in Kerry for over 30 years, shocked Ireland and renewed pleas for greater awareness of water safety.

Special pleas for people to be careful in Ireland’s seas, rivers and lakes were issued by the Coast Guard and Water Safety Ireland as the country prepares to bask in a week-long mini-heatwave with temperatures set to climb to 28C.

Mr Byrne will repose alongside his beloved sister, Muriel, at his Lecarrow home in Roscommon this afternoon.

His remains will then be taken to St John’s Church in Lecarrow tomorrow morning for 12 noon for a joint requiem mass.

Mr Byrne’s burial will then take place at the local cemetery.

 Mrs Eriksson’s remains will be cremated at Lakelands Crematorium in Cavan on Wednesday afternoon.

The father of two was deeply involved in sporting and community groups in the Roscommon-Westmeath area, particularly the Lecarrow Lazers Cycle Club.

Guards of honour will be formed at the requiem mass as a mark of respect for the carpenter and the entire Byrne family.

Friends and family of Muriel Eriksson, who had been based in Sweden for years, are flying into Ireland from Malmo to offer their support to her heartbroken family.



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