Tributes have been paid to a Kildare teenager who died in a drowning incident at a river near Maynooth yesterday.

Principal of Maynooth Post Primary School Johnny Nevin said the death of 13-year-old Oisin Quigley was a terrible tragedy for his family, the school and the local community.

He said Oisin was a second-year student who will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Speaking on RTÉ's News at One, Mr Nevin said Oisin was kind, caring with a bubbly personality and was very popular in school.

Mr Nevin said a service was held in the school this morning for students and teachers.

He added that the school has implemented its critical incident management plan and that psychologists from the National Educational Psychological Services are supporting and advising teachers in their efforts to help pupils.

Oisin was one of three teenagers walking by the River Lyreen on the Kilcock Road at around 4pm yesterday. 

It is believed he jumped into the water to save one of others, but then got into difficulty himself.

One of the other teenagers managed to raise the alarm.

The three were taken to Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, where Oisin died a short time later.

The other two teenagers have since been released from hospital.

Gardaí say they are treating it as a tragic incident.