Tragedy as body of young Irishman, 24, who went missing on Valentine's Day found in Galway river
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Tragedy as body of young Irishman, 24, who went missing on Valentine's Day found in Galway river

THE body of a young man who went missing in Galway in the early hours of Valentine's Day has been recovered from water in the city.

Conor Burke, 24, from nearby Ballinfoyle, was last seen at 1.45am last Thursday at Abbeygate Street in the city centre.

Mr Burke's family and Gardaí were concerned for his welfare and a search of the city's waterways and shoreline was undertaken.

His body was finally found in the River Corrib near NUI Galway on Saturday and was taken from the water by Gardaí with the aid of the RNLI.

Oranmore Maree Coastal Search Unit sent their condolences to Mr Burke's family on Facebook following the sad news.

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They wrote: "We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Conor Burke. May he rest in peace.

"Some of our RIB unit were involved in the search along the river Corrib. Thanks for everyone who came out on the search and for the Commercial Boat Club for the use of their facilities."

Mr Burke's funeral will take place at 12pm on Tuesday at Church of the Resurrection in his native Ballinfoyle, before burial at Terryland Cemetery.

His death notice on RIP.ie reads: "Conor Burke (Old Ballinfoyle, Headford Road, Galway) - on 14th February 2019, (unexpectedly), following a tragic accident.

"Beloved son of Owen and Eileen, much loved brother of Deirdre, Maeve, Elaine, Susan and Grace. He will be sadly missed by his heartbroken parents, his adoring sisters, his devoted girlfriend Gemma-Louise, treasured nephews Liam, Macdara, Jarlath and Shay, brothers-in-law, aunts and uncles, cousins, work colleagues in Medtronic, the extended Burke and Carr families, neighbours and his many friends.

"May His Kind and Gentle Soul Rest In Peace."

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The Burke family have asked for any donations, in lieu of flowers, be made to the Oranmore-Maree Coastal Search Unit and the RNLI in recognition of their efforts to bring Conor home.