Shock at sudden death of local teen

Tributes have been paid.

There's widespread shock following the death of a local teenager.

Aoibhe Byrne from Magheracloone died suddenly yesterday following what's been described as a "tragic accident".

The 14 year old is from the Lisnaclea area of south County Monaghan and was a student at Coláiste Dún an Rí in Kingscourt.

The school has issued a statement at the "devastating loss".

"Our hearts are breaking as we come to terms with the devastating loss of our dear student Aoibhe Byrne. Our sincere sympathies to Olivia, Gary, Oisín, Saoirse, Carolan and Gary Óg, her extended family and her friends.

"Rest in Peace Aoibhe, you’re always in our hearts."

Her death notice says her death "brings an indescribable grief to her heartbroken family".

"She is loved beyond words and will be forever missed by her mammy Olivia & her daddy Gary, her sister Saoirse and her brothers Oisín, Caolán & Gary Óg, her nanny & grandad Margaret & Kevin Boylan, her grandad Ollie Byrne, her aunts, uncles, cousins, her many friends and all the extended Byrne & Boylan families."

Her local club, Magheracloone Mitchells, suspended all activities following news of her death yesterday evening.

In a post on social media, the club paid tribute to Aoibhe and her sporting abilities.

"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 girls team and started playing with the club at U10 level. She was always smiling and always having the craic. Her bubbly personality will be remembered for all eternity."

Aoibhe's funeral mass will take place in St. Peter and St Paul's Church in lower Magheracloone on Sunday at 11:30am, followed by burial in the adjoining new cemetery.