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Ireland Shock for friends of Clare swimming tragedy boys Jack Kenneally and Shay Moloney after question about quarry pops up in Junior Cert English paper

18:10  12 june  2018
18:10  12 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Jack Kenneally and Shay Moloney , friends from Ennis, were both 15. They were swimming in the quarry with a group of friends on Thursday when they both got into difficulty at around 3.30pm.

Shay Moloney and Jack Kenneally are believed to have gone for a swim in a lake with friends after a study period. One of the boys got into difficulty while swimming from one bank to the other at the quarry in Knockanean, Co Clare , Ireland, it is understood.

two people posing for the camera: Shay Moloney (left) and Jack Kenneally, both 15, who drowned while swimming in the quarry lake at Knockanean on the outskirts of Ennis, Co Clare © Ennis RFC/PA Wire Shay Moloney (left) and Jack Kenneally, both 15, who drowned while swimming in the quarry lake at Knockanean on the outskirts of Ennis, Co Clare

Pals of two teenage drowning victims were faced with a question in a Junior Cert English paper about not being allowed to swim in an old quarry.

In the first paper of the State exams, students on page 16 of Section B of the paper were asked to select the correct word in the following sentence “I was not allowed/aloud to swim in the old quarry.”

Students countrywide sat the paper just two days after hundreds of mourners turned out for the funeral of 15-year-old St Flannan’s College Junior Cert student, Shay Moloney in Ennis, Clare.

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The two ‘brothers in arms’ drowned after getting into difficulty while swimming at a lake at an abandoned quarry at Moloney was a third-year student and due to start his Junior Cert exams at St Flannan’s College. Shay Moloney (left) and Jack Kenneally who drowned on Friday.

Jack Kenneally and Shay Moloney , both 15, died after getting into difficulties when swimming in the quarry lake at Knockanean on the outskirts of Ennis, Co Clare on Thursday afternoon.

Six days before the exams, “brothers in arms” Shay and Ennis Community College student, Jack Kenneally, 15, died after getting into difficulty swimming in a disused quarry at Knockanean outside Ennis.

Friends since primary school, Shay lost his life trying to save Jack.

a boy wearing a red shirt © Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited

The two boys were swimming with a group of friends and scores of local teenagers have been going to the lake to swim over the years.

This is despite signs at the entrance of the lands stating ‘Danger - Deep Water - No Swimming’ and ‘Danger Silt Pond, Deep Water, Keep Clear’.

Independent member of Clare Co Council, Cllr Anne Norton, described the question as “a huge coincidence”.

Fellow councillor, Mary Howard, added: “I spoke to a couple of parents of students who were friends of the two boys and doing their Junior Cert.

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Shay Moloney and Jack Kenneally are believed to have gone for a swim in a lake with friends after a study period. One of the boys got into difficulty while swimming from one bank to the other at the quarry in Knockanean, Co Clare , Ireland, it is understood.

The heartbroken father of schoolboy Jack Kenneally paid an emotional tribute to the teen’s friend , Shay Moloney , who lost his life trying to save him. At Jack ’s packed funeral mass at the St Peter and Paul Cathedral in Ennis, Co Clare today Sean Kenneally said that he “will be forever grateful” to

“The parents thought that the Junior Cert was a blessing in disguise and would act as a distraction to the teenagers grieving so it is hugely unfortunate that some of the friends of the two boys were faced with a question like this in their English exam, especially when they are still grieving over the boys’ deaths.”

a person posing for the camera © Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited

Cllr Norton said: “Yes, of course people will get upset about the question but the message does have to be brought home that young people shouldn’t swim in quarries or where there is no lifeguard cover.”

Cllr Norton acknowledged that the question was drawn up and the printing of the examination paper was done months before the tragedy.

At yesterday’s June meeting of Clare Co Council, councillors agreed to a vote of sympathy for the families of the two teens with Clare mayor, Cllr Tom McNamara (FF) describing what happened as “an awful tragedy”.

The State Examinations Commission (SEC) was not in a position to comment on the appearance of the 'quarry' question in the Junior Cert Higher Level English paper last night.

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