Cavan communities ‘hearts are breaking’ as tributes are paid to young crash victim Luke Byrne

A teenager who died in a car crash in Cavan has been described as a talented footballer who had “so much to live for”.

Luke Byrne, 17, from Corlough in County Cavan was seriously injured when the car he was a passenger in collided with a lorry on Thursday evening.

The teenager, who was with his mother and father, was rushed to nearby Cavan General Hospital where he died.

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Luke’s parents, his mother Lorraine who was driving the car, and his father Tony are hospitalized in serious but not life-threatening condition.

Write about FacebookCavan’s Corlough GAA club said their “heart breaks” over the loss of their young teammate.

The statement read: “No words can express the grief we feel at the Corlough GAA club since we learned that 17 year old young Luke Byrne was tragically taken from us on Thursday evening June 9th.

“Our hearts break for a young life who had so much to give to this world, a talented footballer who loved playing football, a rock solid teammate and so much to offer in his short life.

“Luke was highly respected on and off the pitch, his classmates and co-workers respected him a lot, he had a great attitude on the pitch letting his feet do the talking.

“Since he was a minor with Dernacrieve Gaels he has won many medals and we knew from the start that he was a player to watch and indeed Luke proved to us that everything is fine, he was one of the footballers the most talented to wear a green and white jersey for Corlough.

“It was only this year at the start of 2022 that Luke started playing at senior level and unfortunately a few months later we have to say goodbye to him, it is going to be extremely difficult for us to move on.

“When we lose a member of our club, we naturally grieve for them, but when we lose a member so young, so full of life and for whom there is so much to live for, only then do you realize that we have hit rock bottom.

“One thing we can guarantee you is that we will never forget you Luke, your calm attitude, your attitude towards life and your drive to succeed were just a drop in the ocean of what you had to offer.

“We ask that you all keep Tony, Lorraine and Grace in your thoughts and prayers and give them the courage to find strength in some way during this horrific and unimaginable time.

“God bless you Luke in our hearts you will stay forever”.

The collision happened on the N3 at Knalack around 6pm Thursday between Butlersbridge and Belturbet.

Luke is one of two children, his sister Grace lives in the UK where she attends university.

The family is valued and respected in the community.

Speaking to the Irish Mirror, Fianna Fail local councilor John Paul Feeney said the community was in shock.

He said: “It’s such a tragedy. A 17 year old with his whole life ahead of him and a great footballer. I know the family. They are adorable.

“Everyone is in absolute shock. This is such sad news. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all.

“There’s just such a sense of sadness in the community. It’s a terrible situation, I really feel for them.”

A book of condolences was opened for the Byrne family on Friday evening.

The Corlough GAA club said: “A book of condolences will be open at the Corlough Community Center tonight from 8pm to 10pm, it also gives an opportunity for all past and present teammates to reflect on Luke’s life and speak and rally together at this very sad and heartbreaking time.

Meanwhile, the gardai are appealing for witnesses to the incident.

In a statement, Gardai said: “Gardai is calling on all witnesses to this collision to come forward. Any road users who may have camera footage (including a dash cam) and were traveling on the N3 between Butlersbridge and Belturbet, between 5.45pm and 6.30pm are requested to make these images available to gardaí investigators.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cavan Garda station on 049 436 8800, the Garda confidential line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.”

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