Northern Ireland

Candlelit vigil in Co Monaghan for Aoibhe Byrne (14)

Aoibhe Byrne from Carrickmacross died on Wednesday
Aoibhe Byrne from Carrickmacross died on Wednesday Aoibhe Byrne from Carrickmacross died on Wednesday

THE funeral will take place tomorrow of a 14-year-old schoolgirl who died in a tragic accident in Co Monaghan.

Aoibhe Byrne from Carrickmacross died on Wednesday.

Magheracloone Mitchells men's and ladies' club held a vigil with Aoibhe's family, friends and local sports clubs yesterday evening.

A book of condolences was also opened.

The club said Aoibhe was a member of its under-16 girls' team. She started playing with Magheracloone at under-10 level.

"She was always smiling and always having the craic," the club said. "Her bubbly personality will be remembered for all eternity."

Magheracloone Ladies GFC said the whole community was "in a state of shock".

"Aoibhe, a beautiful soul, always with a smile on her face, taken from us too soon," it said.

"The club would like to extend our most heartfelt condolences to her family and friends at this devastating time."

The teenager, who attended Coláiste Dún an Rí in Cabra, Co Cavan, also played basketball with Carrick Cruisers and soccer with Carrick Rovers AFC.

Sinn Féin councillor Noel Keelan said the whole community was shocked by the teenager's death.

"She was a lovely girl, and very involved in the local GAA and sports clubs," he said.

"Everyone is just in shock. We will all wrap ourselves around the family now in their time of need."

In a post on Facebook, Carrick Rovers AFC said: "Carrick Rovers AFC would like to extend its deepest condolences to the Byrne family on the sudden and tragic loss of Aoibhe, who played for our Under 15 Girls side".

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time. May she rest in peace."

Carrick Cruisers said it was sharing news of the teenager's death with the "heaviest of hearts".

"Aoibhe's beautiful smile and bubbly personality will be greatly missed by all the Cruisers," the club said.

A death notice posted on read: "Aoibhe's death brings an indescribable grief to her heartbroken family, she is loved beyond words and will be forever missed."

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St Peter & St Paul's Church, lower Magheracloone, at 11.30am tomorrow, followed by burial in the adjoining new cemetery.

Aoibhe is survived by her parents Olivia and Gary, sister Saoirse and brothers Oisin, Caolán and Gary.