A 24-year-old Irishman has died in what is thought to have been a drowning incident in Thailand.

The man has been named locally as David Houlihan from the Dungarvan area of Co Waterford.

The Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance to the family.

Mr Houlihan was an active member of Dungarvan GAA Club. This evening the chairman of the club described the 24-year-old as "one of the most popular men in the club and in the community".

Mr Ryan said Mr Houlihan was very close to a lot of the players who are very upset at the news of his death and added that the club would probably arrange for counselling over the coming days. 

"He had this way about him, he just didn't stay within his own club, he had friends all over, in different parishes. He played soccer with Lismore, he enjoyed golf this past year, he was just one of these people that enjoyed everybody's company," Mr Ryan said. 

Mr Houlihan was working locally for GlaxoSmithKline.