Jet ski accident claims life of Mountbolus native

A deep sense of shock and sadness was cast over the Offaly village of Mounbolus over Easter weekend when news broke of the untimely death of 50-year old Declan Ryan in a jet ski accident on Lough Erne.

Declan, the youngest son of Stephen and the late Ber Ryan, from Blacklion, tragically lost his life in a jet ski incident on Lough Erne on Easter Saturday, April 3, while he was in the area visiting members of his wife’s family over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The father of one, who was due to celebrate his 51st birthday next month, had made his home in Kentstown, county Meath with his wife, Siobhán, and young daughter, Mia, but he was a regular visitor to Mountbolus and retained very strong links with the local community where he was raised.

Declan Ryan is survived by his wife Siobhán, daughter Mia, father Stephen, brother Stephen, sisters Geraldine and Mary, in-laws, neighbours, colleagues and friends.

One of his sisters-in-law, Jennifer, is the proprietor of the well-known Tullamore restaurant and bakery, Jenny’s Kitchen, located in the William Street Mall.

His Funeral Mass, which is private for family members only, will take place in the Church of the Assumption, Kentstown this Friday, April 9, at 11am with burial afterwards in Mountbolus Cemetery at approximately 2pm.

Declan's Funeral Mass can be viewed at: and his internment at Mountbolus Cemetery at approximately 2pm can be viewed at:

See this week's Offaly Independent, which is published on Friday, for full story.

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