Funeral of Primark founder Arthur Ryan’s grandson to take place today
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Funeral of Primark founder Arthur Ryan’s grandson to take place today

THE funeral of Primark founder Arthur Ryan’s grandson will take place in Cork today, after his body was found after being missing at sea for ten days. 

The community of Baltimore, west Cork will gather to pay their respects to Barry Davis Ryan, 21, who was one of three people who lost their lives in a tragic accident. 

The Irish Coast Guard confirmed the discovery of his body at 1.25pm on Friday, July 10 not far from where he was last seen.

A local diver found the body covered in weeds in the centre of the Eastern Hole at a depth of around 24m.

Naval divers were alerted immediately afterwards and the body was transferred to shore by the West Cork Underwater Search and Rescue Unit, before being taken to Cork University Hospital for a post-mortem examination.

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The student was last seen on June 30 when he leapt into the sea to save his 20-year-old girlfriend Niamh O’Connor who had been dragged in by a freak wave.

His father, also named Barry Ryan, entered the sea to try and save the pair, but his body, along with Ms O’Connor’s, was found shortly afterwards.

Over 100 divers from across the country had taken part in the search to locate the body of Barry Jnr, amidst the threat of poor weather conditions hampering the operation.

The funerals of Ms O’Connor and Barry Snr took place on Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5, respectively.