Rescue attempt overnight in Co Waterford

Two men have drowned after getting into difficulty while kayaking in Co Waterford last night.

The two men who drowned have been named as Philip Kelly originally from Co Tipperary and Connie Smith originally from Co Cavan.

Both men were in their early 30s and living in Butlerstown in Co Waterford.

The bodies of the two men were recovered after they got into difficulty while kayaking in the River Clodagh, a tributary of the River Suir, at Portlaw.

It is understood the men became trapped in a weir at around 9pm.

The first body was recovered at around 10pm and the second was pulled from the water at 11.30pm.

A man, who is understood to have witnessed the incident from the river bank, is helping gardaí establish what happened.