Tributes poured in for a ‘bubbly’ teenager who ‘always had a smile on her face’ who died suddenly this week.
Aoibhe Byrne, 14, died following an accident at a property in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan on Wednesday evening.
The community of Kingscourt, Co Cavan, where she attended school, is in shock after news of the tragedy.
Aoibhe loved sports and a number of clubs and teams offered their condolences to Aoibhe’s family and friends on Thursday.
In a social media post, club Magheracloone Mitchells GAA, for whom Aoibhe played at under-16 level, said: “Our hearts are broken as we try to come to terms with the terrible news of the sudden passing of Aoibhe.
‘Aoibhe was a member of our U16 women’s team and started playing with the club at U10 level.
“She was always smiling and always had the craic. Her bubbly personality will be remembered for eternity.
The club offered its condolences to his family, friends and teammates.
“You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Sleep well, pet Aoibhe, shine on us all,” the club said.
The club has suspended all activities as a sign of respect for Aoibhe and his family.
In a separate post, the Magheracloone Ladies team said “the whole community is in shock”.
‘Aoibhe, a beautiful soul, always smiling, was taken from us too soon. The club wishes to send its deepest condolences to his family and friends at this devastating time. Rest in peace beautiful Aoibhe, you will be greatly missed.’
In a statement, Gardaí said they were called to the scene of an incident in Carrickmacross on Wednesday shortly after 7 p.m.
Tragically, Aoibhe was pronounced dead at the scene and the local coroner was notified. Gardaí does not treat the death as suspicious. The Health and Safety Authority is aware of the incident and is investigating to determine the circumstances surrounding Aoibhe’s death.
Aoibhe Secondary School in Kingscourt, Coláiste Dún An Rí, said their hearts were “breaking” as they came to terms with the “devastating loss of our dear pupil Aoibhe”.
“Our sincere condolences to Olivia, Gary, Oisín, Saoirse, Carolan and Gary Óg, her extended family and friends. Rest in peace Aoibhe, you are always in our hearts. Aoibhe also played basketball with Carrick Cruisers and football with Carrick Rovers AFC.
These clubs have released statements in light of Aoibhe’s tragic death.
Carrick Cruisers said: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share the tragic news of the passing of our U16 player, Aoibhe Byrne.
“Aoibhe’s beautiful smile and bubbly personality will be sorely missed by all Cruisers.
‘Rest in peace Aoibhe, you will be greatly missed.’
Carrick Rovers AFC, with whom Aoibhe played at Under-15 level, expressed his condolences to the entire Byrne family: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time.” May she rest in peace.’
In a social media post, Ulster GAA Handball said: “The hearts of Kingscourt Handball Club are broken following the sudden tragic loss of 14-year-old Aoibhe Byrne.
“Aoibhe was a talented juvenile and won the Ulster Under-13 double in 2020.
“Working in the shop, Aoibhe could always be counted on for busy handball weekends and was the first face most people saw when visiting Kingscourt, and Aoibhe always had a smile on his face.” May Aoibhe rest in peace.
Local TD Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy said Aoibhe’s death was a “devastating tragedy”.
“It is impossible to find words that could bring comfort to Aoibhe’s family and his many friends; we can only hope they can help each other through such unbearable grief. May Aoibhe rest in peace,” he said.
In an article on RIP.ie, Aoibhe is said to have died following an accident. She was predeceased by her younger brother Ciaran and her nanny Angela Byrne.
“Aoibhe’s death brings indescribable grief to her heartbroken family, she is loved beyond words and will be forever missed by her mom Olivia and her dad.
Gary, his sister Saoirse and his brothers Oisín, Caolán and Gary Óg, his nanny and grandfather Margaret and Kevin Boylan, his grandfather Ollie Byrne, his aunts, uncles, cousins, his many friends and all the extended families Byrne and Boylan.
Aoibhe will rest at her home in Lisnaclea tomorrow from 2-8 p.m. His funeral procession will leave his home on Sunday, proceeding to the Church of St Peter and St Paul, lower Magheracloone for the funeral mass at 11.30am followed by interment in the adjoining new cemetery.