Memorial tree planted in honour of drowning victim

Members of Jalal's family were joined by local dignitaries for the special tree planting ceremony in Carrick-on-Shannon.
One year on from the tragic drowning of Jalal Azizi in Carrick-on-Shannon, representatives of the local community have joined members of the Azizi and Allakarami families for a memorial and tree planting service in honour of Jalal.

One year on from the tragic drowning of Jalal Azizi in Carrick-on-Shannon, representatives of the local community have joined members of the Azizi and Allakarami families for a memorial and tree planting service in honour of Jalal.

Cathaoirleach, Cllr Enda Stenson, led those present in a minutes silence in memory of Jalal and also extended his deepest sympathies to his family on the first anniversary of his death.

Representatives from the Muslim, Catholic, Methodist, Church of Ireland and African Redeemed Church, came together to pay their respects to Jalal who drowned in the Shannon after he went swimming with friends on March 29, last year.

An Irish Oak Tree, donated by Sr Nora Burke, was planted in memory of Jalal by his twin brother Jabar and his extended family then joined in a short reflection on the life of Jalal, who was a popular student at the Carrick-on-Shannon Community School.

Cllr Stenson thanked the staff of Leitrim County Council who had helped to make the memorial possible and all those involved in the event.

Local hotelier, Joe Dolan, who lost his own son in tragic circumstances last year, also extended his deepest sympathies to Jalal’s family, reading a special poem in honour of the young men. He then presented the poem to the Azizi family in a emotional mark of respect.

The Azizi and Allakarami families said they would like to, once again, thank the gardai in Carrick-on-Shannon, the Civil Defence and the Rescue Services for all their understanding and kind support on this sad day last year.