The funeral took place on Monday morning in Dublin of tragic 17-year-old teenager Joseph Olwill, who fell 40 feet to his death in the early hours of last Thursday morning, after coming to Bundoran with a group of friends to enjoy a holiday before going back to school.
The deceased from Santry in Dublin plunged to his death from the top of a three-story apartment building at the end of a surfing holiday, as he attempted to gain access to an apartment through an outside window. The tragedy occurred off the town’s main street at the Tyrconnell holiday apartment complex down Station Road.
Shocked eye witness Marguerite Beattie, from Belfast, was on holiday with her partner and children in a house directly opposite, when the tragedy occurred. She said she did not initially realise that it was actually a person, who had fallen down to the ground.
Staff from an adjoining night club arrived through a rear club entrance and one set about applying CPR to the teenager but was unable to resusitate him. Gardai were notified of the accident by the ambulance service. A doctor pronounced the young man dead at about 3.20 a.m., while local parish priest, Canon Ramon Munster, was also called to the scene. The group believed to be 12-14 in number moved in on Thursday of last week and were due to depart a few hours after the accident. While they didn’t have surf-gear with them a number were on a surfing holiday and hired materials and attended a surf school locally. Garda Inspector Dennis Joyce, in charge of the inquiry, said: “It was a terrible tragedy.” While still investigating the full circumstances of the tragedy, it is understood that gardai used a cherry-picker to check the top of the service area shutter just above ground-floor level and then the top apartment window on the third floor, and also the roof above it.
It is understood that the young man was already on the third floor, but decided to attempt to get into a locked apartment, one of two occupied by the group, by going out onto the roof, as it had a window open.
Around the time of the tragedy, two of the group also went to a nearby business premises, owned by proprietor, Conor McEniff, where they were accompanied back by a member of staff, who had a master key, to gain access to one of the apartments. The key holder gained entry for them, before returning to the street. Joseph Olwill was the youngest in a family of four at Shanliss Way, Santry, Dublin. His father Patrick, a civil servant, and his mother Anne travelled to Bundoran and later to Sligo General Hospital.
Bundoran Town Mayor Cllr Michael McMahon said: “It’s a dreadful tragedy. On behalf of the council and the people of Bundoran I wish to extend sincere sympathy to the grieving family. He was a young man enjoying his holiday and it was his last day before returning to Dublin to prepare for a return to school. People are absolutely stunned here.”
Survived by his parents Paddy and Ann, brothers Luke, John and Kevin, following the Funeral Mass in the Church of Our Lady of Victories, deceased was cremated in Glasnevin Crematorium.