“Our hearts are broken as we try to process the horrific news of the sudden death of Aoibhe” – Community holds candlelit vigil


A community from Co Monaghan will gather tomorrow night for a candlelight vigil following the death of a 14-year-old schoolgirl in a tragic accident.

The girl who died on Wednesday was locally named Aoibhe Byrne from Carrickmacross and warm tributes were paid to her throughout the day.

Local Sinn Féin councilor Noel Keelan said the entire community was stunned with shock.

He said: “She was a lovely girl and very involved in the local GAA and sports clubs. Everyone is in shock. We will all wrap around the family now in their time of need.”

Mrs. Byrne attended Colaiste Dun an Ri in Co Cavan and was a talented sportswoman.

An obituary published on read: “Aoibhe’s passing brings indescribable sadness to her heartbroken family, she is loved beyond words and will be missed forever.”

Ms Byrne played GAA with Magheracloone Mitchells, basketball with Carrick Cruisers and soccer with Carrick Rovers AFC

A tribute was paid to the 14-year-old on social media following her death.

In a post on Facebook, Carrick Rovers AFC said: “Carrick Rovers AFC would like to extend its deepest condolences to the family on their sudden and tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time. May she rest in peace.”

Magheracloone Mitchell’s GAA Club said: “In light of the tragic news we received last night, as a mark of respect, all club activities are suspended until further notice.”

Tonight the club said: “In memory of our beautiful Aoibhe, the Magheracloone Mitchells men’s and women’s club are holding a candlelight vigil on the pitch tomorrow night from 6pm to 9pm.

“We would like to invite our community, the wider community and all family members, friends and sports clubs from Aoibhe to join us tomorrow night in commemorating Aoibhe.

“A condolence book will also be opened.

“Our hearts are broken as we try to process the devastating news of Aoibhe’s sudden death.

“Aoibhe was a member of our U16 girls team and started playing with the club at U10 level. She was always smiling and always insane. Her bubbly personality will be remembered for all eternity.

“We send our sincere condolences to Gary, Olivia, Oisín, Saoirse, Caolan, Gary Óg and all of Aoibhe’s other relatives, friends and teammates. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time

“Sleep well Aoibhe darling, shine brightly on us all.” “Our hearts are broken as we try to process the horrific news of the sudden death of Aoibhe” – Community holds candlelit vigil

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