Bright colours tribute for Luke

Teenager's Funeral will take place at St. Patrick’s Church, Corlough on Saturday

The family of the late Luke Beirne, the 17 year old who died tragically following a car accident on the N3 last week, have asked that anyone attending his funeral this weekend do so wearing bright colours in tribute.

The teenager's Funeral will take place at St. Patrick’s Church, Corlough on Saturday at 12 noon followed by cremation at The Lakelands Crematorium, Cavan Town.

His remains will be in repose at at Smiths Funeral Home, High St., Ballinamore (N41 TD62) on Friday evening from 5pm until 7.30pm. Family flowers only please.

“In view of Luke’s short but very full life, his family would like if bright colours could be worn in tribute to him,” says a message on

Luke is survived by his heartbroken parents Tony and Lorraine, his sister Grace, aunts Mary, Caroline, Siobhán & Tricia, uncle Swithin, and extended family.

He is remember too by his classmates and teachers in St. Mogue’s College, Bawnboy and St. Patrick’s N.S. Corlough, fellow team-mates and all in Corlough GAA and Abbey Rovers Football club, work colleagues and staff at SuperValu Ballyconnell, scouting family in Ballinamore, his neighbours in Corlough and his many, many friends.

Luke, of Teach Bríste, Tí Buí, (Teeboy), Corlough, died at Cavan General Hospital from injuries sustained following the two-vehicle collision at Kilnalack near Annagh Lake on June 9.

The driver of the lorry, a man in his 40s from the south-east of the country, was treated for “serious but non-life threatening” injuries.

The road was subsequently closed to allow for a technical examination, but reopened the following day.

Streaming details

Luke's Funeral Mass can be viewed on the Corlough Templeport Facebook page, and will be available on Parish Radio FM108

The Mass can also be viewed on

The Corlough Community will be providing refreshments in Corlough Community Centre on Saturday evening at 5pm after Luke's cremation.

“No words can express the grief,” said Corlough GFC in the wake of the terrible tragedy.

The club, for which Luke played, opened a Book of Condolence at the local community centre, as did St Mogue’s College in Bawnboy where Luke attended as a Fifth Year student. A counsellor and staff made available to speak with the hugely popular young man’s bereaved school friends.

Donohoe’s Supervalu in Ballyconnell, where Luke worked and would have spent his summer months, shared that the teenager was a “beloved” member of staff, “modest, unassuming, and obliging”.

Lives lost

More than 80 people have died in Fatal Road Traffic Collisions in Ireland since the beginning of this year, including three in Cavan.

Prior to last Thursday’s fatal accident, Richard Merriman lost his life as a result of a single-vehicle road traffic collision on the L3022 near Virginia during the early hours of Monday, May 23.

The 36-year old, originally from Castlepollard, lived in the Knocktemple area. He was been described as a “true gentleman” and a “wonderful, kind person”.

In March, student Ciara Ellis Lynch (21) sadly lost her life following a three-vehicle collision at Derrygarra Lower, Butlersbridge.