“I just want to see this person come forward. That would be the right thing to do.”
This was the plea on Monday morning last of John Byrne, Carnalogue, Louth Village, father of Keith, who was found just a couple of hundred yards from his home at 4.40am on Sunday. Keith’s death is being treated as a hit and run.
Sitting in the kitchen with his wife Cathy, family and neighbours, John pleaded with whoever is responsible, to come forward and help bring some closure, some small peace of mind to Keith’s mother Cathy, his sister Niamh, brothers David, Donal and John.
“Please come forward. Whoever is responsible. Will you just please come forward. He has a heartbroken mother here, a heartbroken sister, and three brothers. That’s all I ask. That whoever is responsible to come forward and hand themselves in.”
Keith, age 35, was walking home on Sunday morning when his body was discovered before 5am by a passing motorist. He sustained injuries to his head and his leg.
He was pronounced dead at the scene. A post mortem was carried out at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda by the state pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy.
Eoin McDonnell chairman St Mochta’s GFC said the whole parish is in a state of shock.
“Keith played with us for many a year. he was known throughout the parish. He was a great character.
“Although he hadn’t played with us for a few years, he was still part and parcel of the whole club and was always there and available to the community. He was very close to his family. As well as playing gaelic, he was also a good soccer player and was part of the Louth United team that won this year’s Dundalk Winter League.
“He was a great all-round sportsman. A very well-liked person.
“There is a void in the village at the moment.
“On behalf of St Mochta’s I would like to express my sincere condolences to the Byrne family.”
Local Fine Gael councillor, Jim Lennon, said everyone in the area is devastated by this terrible tragedy.
“They are a grand family,” he said “very industrious, highly regarded people, and this is a great loss and everybody extends their sympathy to the family and are with them at this terrible time.
“His father, John was a great Louth senior footballer and his uncle Brendan also played for Louth and they have all been part of the St Mochta’s. This is a terrible shock to everybody.”
On Monday morning a neighbour looked across from the Byrne home to the spot on the road where Keith was found and remarked on how sad it was that he should have been so near to his home.
People in Louth Village reflected on how decent and hard-working Keith, who was a bricklayer by trade, really was.
“They are all like that,” one woman said. “They were always hard-working good people.”
Supt Ray Brennan from Ardee Garda Station which is in charge of the investigation has appealed for information.
“Our appeal is for anyone who may have travelled through Carnalogue this morning at any time between 4.15am and 4.45am to contact Ardee Garda Station: 014 - 68 53 222 or the Garda confidential line: 1800 666 111.