Flowers laid at Swan Lake, Gowna. PHOTO: LORRAINE TEEVAN

Drowning victim named locally

News Update

The young Cavan mum who died following a tragic "swimming accident" yesterday evening at a lake in Gowna, Co Cavan, has been named locally as Natasha (Tasha) Core, aged 29 years.

She was a mum to two young boys.

The body of the woman was recovered from the shoreline at what is locally known as Swan Lake by members of the Cavan Fire Services and Civil Defence yesterday evening, July 21.

The alarm had been raised shortly before 9.30pm, when gardaí confirm they attended the scene.

An air support unit attached to the Irish Coastguard was dispatched to the area from Dublin to assist in the search.

A spokesperson for An Garda Siochana confirmed: “On Wednesday, 21st July 2021 shortly before 9.30pm, Gardaí attended at a lake in Gowna, Co Cavan following reports of a drowning incident. The body of a woman (late 20s) was recovered near the shore line by Cavan Fire Services & Civil Defence a short time later.”

The body of the deceased woman was removed to the mortuary at Navan Hospital for a post-mortem examination.

Gardaí noted that the matter is being treated as a “swimming accident” at this time.

Teen remains 'critical'

Meanwhile, a teenage boy who was rescued from Lough Sheelin on Tuesday remains in a serious condition in hospital.

Gardaí confirmed this afternoon: "The 15-year-old remains in a critical condition in Temple Street."

Leitrim drowning

The death of the young woman in Loch Gowna occurred within the same hour as the body of a man, aged in his 70s, was pulled from the water near Spencer Harbour, Drumkeeran, near the Cavan-Leitrim border.

The alarm had been raised at approximately 9pm when the man, who is understood to have gone snorkelling, failed to return to the surface.

“His body was recovered from the water a short time later by local emergency services,” a spokesperson for An Garda Siochana also confirmed.

“The Coroner has been notified and the body of the deceased has been removed to the mortuary at Sligo University Hospital for a post-mortem examination.”

They added that the matter is being treated as a “diving accident” and ruled out the possibility of any possible “foul play”.


Large numbers have gathered at lakes and popular swimming spots right across the county amid this current heatwave.

A Status Orange - High Temperature warning has been issued by Me Eireann for counties Cavan, Monaghan, south Leitrim, Roscommon, Longford, Westmeath, where maximum temperatures are expected to exceed 30 degrees Celsius in places right up until Friday.