Body of Clonlara student Stephen Kavanagh recovered

The body of missing student Stephen Kavanagh was recovered from the River Shannon yesterday afternoon by members of the Mallow Search & Rescue team.
The 21-year-old vice president of LIT Student’s Union had been missing for almost three weeks and it is understood that his body was recovered at Ardnacrusha power station shortly before 1pm on Monday, March 24.
In a statement, the Union of Students in Ireland said it’s “saddened” by the news his death.
“Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this extremely difficult and challenging time. Stephen was one of the most genuine and honest people to have been involved in USI for many years. His dedication and commitment to the student cause both on a national level and working on behalf of the students in LIT was unparalleled. He is a true inspiration to all of us in the student movement.”
Stephen was last seen in the early hours of Thursday, March 6, getting into a taxi at 1.50am heading towards Clonlara. It is believed that he was seen getting out of the taxi on the Killaloe side of the Clonlara Bridge soon afterwards. A large-scale search has been under way since then.
The USI says it will release removal and funeral arrangements once they’re confirmed.
“This is obviously an extremely difficult time for those of us who knew Stephen, and the many students who assisted in his role in LIT Students’ Union. For anyone who requires support or just someone to talk to, we here at USI are of course available and are happy to talk or just listen.
“Talking is a sign of strength. There’s always someone willing to listen – Reach out to others and be there for one another,” the statement reads.
The USI have also offered the following advice to students looking for assistance – “For online counselling please visit Turn2Me. In the registration process, there is a question about ‘referral pathway’, in this section you can put in ‘USI’, then they can identify you coming via USI.”

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