Warm tributes to young Kilkenny man killed in car crash
Tributes have been paid to a young Kilkenny man who tragically died in a car collision.
Martin Burke died in the crash between Urlingford and Freshford early on Friday morning.
The 20-year-old was a hugely popular young man in his local community, with many emotional tributes paid to him over the weekend.
Local GAA club Emeralds said in a statement: “It is with the deepest regret that the club inform you of the tragic passing of the late Martin Burke.
“We would like to send our heartfelt condolences to his parents, Deborah and Michael, his sister Emma, and all his relatives from the Burke, Ryan and Moriarty family who are so deeply connected with the club over many years.
“Martin was a dedicated player with the Emeralds and was a key member on all teams at underage from u6s up to u19.”
As a mark of respect, the club suspended at matches, training and activities scheduled for this weekend.
His death notice said Martin is survived by his “heartbroken parents Michael and Deborah, sister Emma, grandparents Angela, John and Marie, great grandfather Paddy, Aunt Lisa, Uncle Keith, nephew Damien, niece Taylor, relatives and a wide circle of friends.”
It added his remains will repose at his home this evening before being removed to the Church of the Assumption Urlingford for requiem mass at 11am tomorrow, with burial afterwards in Johnstown Cemetery.