Harry Byrne Wiki – Harry Byrne Biography
Harry Byrne, from Gowran, Co Kilkenny in Ireland, was hit in the throat by a sliotar, a hurling ball while playing with friends at St Kieran’s College.
Ciaran Phelan, a family friend and vice chairman of Harry’s local GAA club, Young Irelands, remembered the “stand-out” boy as “the loveliest chap you could meet.”
He was 13 years old.
He was enjoying his lunch break on Monday at St Kieran’s College in Kilkenny when the tragedy happened, reports the Irish Mirror.
The first-year student was rushed to St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny and subsequently transferred to the hospital in Dublin, but he sadly died on Tuesday.
According to Mr. Phelan, Harry was making “real progress” at hurling, had recently won two under-13 county championships, and had been called in for trials for the Kilkenny county development squad.
Coming from a well-respected GAA family, Mr. Phelan said Harry getting the call up for Kilkenny would have been “huge.”
He added: “He played other sports but hurling for Harry and his family is huge, and this would have been a tremendous honor for Harry and his family.”
“Harry, as an essential member of the team, he was flying it.
“He was recently called in for trials for development squads with the U13s. He also got picked lately on a team I know in St Kieran’s College with football trials.
“Harry was starting to do well.”
Labor councilor Denis Hynes, a neighbor of the Byrnes, said the whole community is “sad and shocked.”
He told RTE’s News at One: “It’s an awful sad time for us all here. I can’t begin to imagine what it is like for Harry’s mam and dad, and it’s so tough.