GAA club open Book of Condolence for young Irish hurler, 24, killed in Texas tragedy
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GAA club open Book of Condolence for young Irish hurler, 24, killed in Texas tragedy

A BOOK of Condolence has been opened in memory of a young Irishman killed on a dual carriageway in the US last Friday.

David O'Beirne, 24, from Dublin, died after being hit by a truck and one other vehicle while crossing Interstate Highway 35 in Austin, Texas in the early hours of July 27.

Police in the US are treating David's death as a tragic accident.

The talented hurler was a member of St Jude's GAA club in Templeogue - where the book will be open until Sunday.

'Sudden and tragic'

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In a statement, the club said: "It was with profound sadness and heartbreak that we learned of the tragic death of our club member David O'Beirne.

"David was one of the nicest young men you could ever hope to meet and all at CLG Naomh Jude are devastated by his untimely passing.

“We would like to offer sincere condolences and our support to his parents Jimmy and Helen, brother Alan and sister Rachel, and all of of David's relatives and friends.

“You are in our thoughts and prayers."

David, who studied at UCD and worked in Trinity College, had been on the first day of a holiday with friends in Texas at the time of his death.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when his remains are brought back home, with the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust assisting the family with the process.

The Dubliner's death notice on RIP.ie reads: "David O’Beirne, 27th July 2018, suddenly and tragically in his 24th year, loving son of Jimmy and Helen and adored brother to Alan and Rachel and grandson of Dolores.

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"He will be sadly missed by his heartbroken family and his large circle of friends.

"Forever remembered by St Judes GAA, UCD and Trinity College Dublin."