THE roads claimed yet a life last week, when Frankie Byrne (48) of Drumard, Kilanny was killed walking along the N2 on Wednesday evening at ten minutes to ten.
Sadly it was latest in a number of tragedies to hit the Byrne family, with Frankie’s brother James ‘Jemie’ Byrne (63) also dying last year. Jemie died from a heart attack, also while walking along the road, just a few miles from where Frankie was hit and killed.
Frankie is also the Uncle of Patricia Byrne who was injured in a gun attack that claimed the life of James Hughes of Crossmaglen in December of last year in Dundalk.
Frankie’s mother Mary ‘Peggy’ Byrne also passed away just four years ago.
Speaking to the Dundalk Democrat, Frankie’s brother Jackie Byrne, told the paper that he “couldn’t believe it” when he heard the news of his brother sudden death, saying that it was a terrible shock for the family.
“He had just left Dooley’s pub on the N2, having got a taxi from Ardee where he was earlier in the day. He had only had one drink in the pub.
“He was hit in the middle of the road. We don’t know which side of the road he was walking to.
“He was killed stone dead. My brother Michael had to go identify him in the morgue in Dundalk. He then came to tell me what had happned. I couldn’t believe it.”
The body of the 48-year-old man was taken to Louth County hospital for a post mortem. The driver of the car was uninjured.
“It was such a shock. Jemie had been unwell before he had died, but Frankie was fit and well.”
Frankie was a formidable footballer in his day, playing in goals for Annaghminnin. He was also a big supporter of the Louth County Team, having recently gone with Jackie to see them play against Meath in the O’Byrne Cup.
“He a great supporter of Louth and always enjoyed his football,” said Jackie. “He was a great man with his hands, and enjoyed rooting around with flowers. He was good at plumbing and working with his hands.”
Frankie was a well liked man and a character in the area of Kilanny where he lived.
“He was a great man to talk to people. He would walk along the roads and would always stop to talk with the neighbours. He only went into pubs to talk to people more then to have a drink.”
Frankie is survived by three daughters. The Gardaí are also appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information to contact them at Ardee Garda Station on 041 687 1130.