While the full details of the death of Private Patrick Conlon are unclear, a spokeswoman for the Defence Forces said he died as a result of a “fall from a height” and that it was a “tragic accident”.
Pte Conlon, from Coolaney, Co Sligo, joined the Defence Forces in Nov 2002 and was based in the 28th Infantry Battalion, in Finner Camp, Co Donegal.
He was in McKee Barracks in Dublin at the time of the fall. He was not on duty when the accident happened, which is thought to have occurred during 1am and 2am yesterday. It is thought he was on his own at the time and fell from the second storey.
His family, including partner Louise, parents Christopher and Heather, and brothers Michael and Daragh, were being comforted yesterday.
A Defence Forces spokeswoman said: “The death has occurred of a soldier due to a tragic accident and a fall from a height in McKee Barracks, Dublin, in the early hours of this morning. Private Patrick Conlon was pronounced dead in the Mater Hospital at 2.10am.”
The chief of staff of the Defence Forces, Lt Gen Seán McCann, extended his sympathies with the Conlon family and their friends.
The spokeswoman said: “Paddy was a diligent and active soldier who immersed himself in all aspects of military life, both in service at home and overseas.
“Private Conlon served overseas in Liberia in 2004 with the 91st Infantry Battalion and he recently returned home from Lebanon in May of this year having completed a six-month deployment with the 107th Infantry Battalion UNIFIL.”
The soldier represented Ireland at junior soccer level and was an international player for the Defence Forces.