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Tragedy as two teenagers drown in Ennis quarry

Two boys, both aged 15, who were swimming at a quarry in Ennis have died at University Hospital Limerick.

It is understood that the two teenagers got into difficulty at a disused quarry near Knockanean in the town today [Thursday].

Both boys were recovered by the Coastguard helicopter shortly after 3.30pm, after gardai were notified that people were in difficulty in the water, at Knockanean quarry lake and assistance was required.

They were airlifted to University Hospital Limerick but this evening news has emerged that both have been pronounced deceased.

Both are believed to be from Ennis. Their names will not be released until family members have been notified.

It is understood that the teenagers were due to sit their junior certificate examinations on Wednesday.

About Carol Byrne

Carol Byrne is a reporter at The Clare Champion newspaper reporting on news in the East Clare area and the arts. She also covers the courts in County Clare and has received four national awards for this coverage from the Law Society of Ireland. A Masters in journalism graduate of NUI Galway, she also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Limerick in Music and Media Studies. She began her career interning at The Limerick Leader and Clare FM, before taking up a full time post at The Clare Champion in 2006.

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