Tragic death of young Carlow hurler

02 February 2014
Carlow GAA has been numbed by the tragic death of county U21 hurler Jonny Byrne.

The 19-year-old's body was recovered from a river in the county this morning after the search was stood down yesterday evening due to the inclement weather.

Hailing from Leighlinbridge, Jonny was a member of the local Naomh Brid and Leighlinbridge hurling and football clubs. He began his football career with the Michael Davitt's juvenile club and played hurling for Carlow from U13 level upwards.

Jonny was tipped to be a future star of the Carlow senior hurling team after playing a key role in the Barrowsiders' shock Leinster U21HC quarter-final victory over Dublin in Parnell Park last summer. That team received an award at last night's Beat 102-103 Sports Awards, but it couldn't be celebrated owing to the fact that Jonny was missing.

One friend on Facebook paid tribute to Jonny with the following post: "He was a warrior on the pitch, a rock in defence and gave 100pc on the pitch every time. A kind soul well liked throughout Carlow especially in hurling, he was a great hurler and footballer, a gentleman and an even greater friend and we are heartbroken."

To his family and friends, we extend our deepest sympathy.

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