Honor guards by sports and community groups will be provided at the joint funeral of a Roscommon man who died alongside his sister whom he tried to rescue from the sea off Kerry last week.
Desmond ‘Dessie’ Byrne (52) drowned alongside his 62-year-old Sweden-based sister Muriel Eriksson last Thursday night.
Her teenage son was on Ballybunion beach at the time
The double tragedy, the worst drowning in Kerry for over 30 years, has shocked Ireland and renewed calls for greater water safety awareness.
Special calls for people to be careful in Ireland’s seas, rivers and lakes have been issued by the Coast Guard and Water Safety Ireland as the country prepares to bask in a mini-heat wave of a week with temperatures expected to climb to 28°C.
Mr Byrne will rest alongside his beloved sister, Muriel, at her Lecarrow home in Roscommon this afternoon.
His remains will then be transported to the Saint-Jean de Lecarrow church tomorrow morning at noon for a common requiem mass.
Interment of Mr. Byrne will then take place at the local cemetery.
Ms Eriksson’s remains will be cremated at Lakelands Crematorium in Cavan on Wednesday afternoon.
The father-of-two was deeply involved with sports and community groups in the Roscommon-Westmeath area, in particular the Lecarrow Lazers Cycle Club.
Honor guards will be formed at the Requiem Mass as a sign 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 to Ireland from Malmö to offer their support to her heartbroken family.