The father of Keith Byrne, Carnalogue Louth Village, who was the victim of a hit-and-run, has again appealed for the driver who caused his son’s death to come forward.
He also extended his appeal to anyone with information about the incident.
The appeal was made on behalf of the family by Fr Sean McArdle who celebrated the funeral Mass at the Church of the Imaculate Conception Louth on Friday morning last.
The church was overflowing with people, who stood along along the hillside of the beautiful church grounds, to pay their last respects to a very well-liked young man and a highly respected local family.
“This would ease the family’s pain,” Fr McArdle said.
Before the Mass, keith’s coffin was carried through his native village, passed the gathered mourners, by members of St Mochatas and Louth United, the clubs he served so well.
In his homily, Fr McArdle, assisted during the Mass by Fr Sean Quinn, PP, Louth, said “no one can fill the emptiness the departed leave, but we believe death is not the end”.
He said Keith was a young man who loved his parish and was loved in return and the memories people have will be of some comfort.
“Our sadness,” he said, “is that a young man is gone when we did not expect it.
“All we have in the face of tragedy is that we will meet again.”
He thanked the neighbours and friends who kept vigil with the family and said “it is a reminder to us of the great goodness of people young and old”.
The family thanked “the endless callers”.
Burial took place in the adjoining cemetery.