Tributes have been paid to a young surfer who tragically lost his life after he got into difficulty while surfing with friends in Co Clare yesterday.

Fionn O'Brien, 20, from Ennis, was airlifted to hospital in Limerick after surfing at Lough Donnell in Quilty, Co Clare yesterday afternoon, but was pronounced dead a short time later.

He had worked as a lifeguard with Clare County Council during the summer months.

The council has opened an online book of condolence so that people can express their sympathy with the O'Brien family.

Clare County Council Cathaoirleach Councillor PJ Ryan, along with Chief Executive Pat Dowling, expressed their sympathy to his family, friends and work colleagues.

He was also a talented dual player with the St Joseph's Doora Barefield GAA Club who said he would be a huge loss.

Mr O'Brien was a past pupil of Rice College in Ennis, who also paid tribute to him in a statement on its website, extending their "deepest and heartfelt sympathies to the O'Brien family on the tragic death of their beautiful son" and the school's past pupil.