Boy (7) drowns at leisure centre pool in Co Clare

Tragedy happened on Saturday afternoon

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A boy (7) was pronounced dead at University Hospital Limerick after being pulled from a swimming pool at a leisure centre in Killaloe, Co Clare. (Niall Carson/PA)

A seven-year-old boy has drowned at a swimming pool in Co Clare.

The incident happened shortly before 3pm on Saturday at the Lakeside Hotel & Leisure Centre in Killaloe.

It is understood the child had been attending a birthday party event at the venue, and was pulled from the water unconscious before efforts were made to try and resuscitate him by the poolside as emergency services were called.

A Gardaí spokesperson said the child was rushed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick, but was later pronounced dead.

The local coroner was notified ahead of a post-mortem examination.

It is understood the child is from the Clonlara area of Co Clare.

It was reported that Gardaí are treating the death as a tragic accident, and the leisure centre was immediately closed following the incident.

In a post to social media, Taoiseach Simon Harris described the incident as “absolutely heartbreaking”.

“I know people right across Ireland are keeping this family and the community of Clonlara in Co Clare in their thoughts and prayers at such a sad and difficult time,” he said.