Buncrana pier hero Davitt Walsh says he hopes to play role in baby Rioghnach-Ann's life

Davitt Walsh swam out to save the infant from a sinking car in which five people tragically lost their lives

The local hero who rescued a baby from a sinking car in Buncrana, has said he hopes to play a role in the infant's life.

Davitt Walsh bravely swam out to a family who came into difficulty last month, after their car slipped on algae at a pier and went into the water.

Walsh saved the life of four-month-old Rioghnack-Ann when her father Sean McGrotty broke one of the windows of the car and transferred her into Davitt Walsh's arms.

Father Sean, along with four other close relatives who were in the car, all perished when they went under water.

Earlier this week, Walsh posted a public message, thanking all those who contacted him while also describing baby Rioghnach-Ann's mother Louise as 'an inspiration.'

The 29-year-old also wrote about how he hopes to play a role in Rioghnach-Ann's life.


While reflecting today on all that has happened, I would like to say that I am overwhelmed by all the messages and posts...

Posted by Davitt Walsh on Monday, 4 April 2016

In the aftermath of the horrific event, Davitt Walsh was hailed a hero and a campaign was swiftly launched, calling for Walsh to be nominated for a Presidential award.