Grieving Wexford mother issues emotional plea to kids this summer

19th Jun 18 | News

A heartbroken mother is urging kids to be careful after a summer’s evening turned to tragedy. 

A grieving mother from Wexford whose teenage son drowned has made an emotional plea to kids never to swim in quarries.

19 year old Allen Murphy died when a summer’s evening turned to tragedy six years ago. He was swimming with pals at Carrigfoyle Quarry close to his home at Larkin’s Cross in Barntown, Co Wexford.

His devastated mum Mary Murphy said that hearing about the recent tragedy in Ennis in which teenage pals Jack Kenneally and Shay Moloney lost their lives was like “re-living” the devastation.

She told the Irish Mirror:

“I know there have been many drownings since Allen died, but the one in Co Clare really me hit me. It was almost identical circumstances.


I heard it on the radio and it was just like I was re-living it. I know exactly what those two families are going through.

The horror of losing Allen is still raw. The pain never goes away. For nearly six years I have been in pain and I feel it is only getting harder to accept it because I know he is not coming home.

His birthday was on May 25, he would have been 25. The tears never, ever go away.”

The quarry where the tragic accident happened is only a short distance from the family home, and Mary says she can't help but be reminded of how he died when she looks across at it. Mary explained:

“I’m looking out across it. I can see the trees in front of it. That Sunday evening, we got a call to go up there.

We didn’t know what was wrong, but as we got close I could see the helicopter in the distance and I knew then something was wrong.

His body wasn’t recovered until the early hours of Monday. We stayed 
up there all night. I couldn’t leave him.

It’s coming close to his anniversary. It’s six years on June 24. I have never been up there since.

I don’t ever drive up that road. I just can’t face it."

Mary urged:

“People need to stay away from them. No family should have to go through the heartache of losing a child, or anybody for that matter

The amount of children up there swimming, just a week after he died, and these people would have known that Allen died up there.

There is only a sign there now telling people not to swim but a sign isn’t going to stop kids. Kids should never be let near these places.

Still water is a lot colder. I only found that out at the time. It would also be deeper.

I just feel like I don’t want any other families to go through what I am going through.”