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Siblings appeal for driver to explain what happened the night their brother was killed

Keith Byrne’s body was discovered just metres from his home in Carnalogue, county Louth earlier this month.

Niamh and John Byrne with an image of their late brother Keith.
Niamh and John Byrne with an image of their late brother Keith.
Image: RTÉ

THE SIBLINGS OF a hit-and-run victim have made a direct appeal to the driver who struck their brother in the early hours of 11 May.

Speaking to RTÉ’s Crimecall, to be broadcast tonight, Niamh and John Byrne asked for the person responsible to “come forward, explain what happened that night”.

“It’ll help us maybe come to terms with what happened Keith,” they said.

Gardaí believe Keith Byrne, 35, was killed between 4.23am and 4.50am just metres from his home in the Louth village of Carnalogue.

He had been out for the night with friends and walked the short distance to his house. He was fatally injured when he was struck by a vehicle.

His body was discovered by a passing motorist later that morning.

“Everytime we walk out our front door we can see where Keith was killed,” says Niamh.

We’re grieving Keith but somebody knows something, someone has to know something. And to them people think of your own mother and father, your brothers and sisters, or your nieces and nephews and how they’d feel if that was their family. You know, come forward, explain what happened that night. It’ll help us maybe come to terms with what happened Keith.

John describes how he worked with Keith for eight or nine years.

“A great brother. To think now that we’ll never get the chance to work together again it’s hard to accept. It’s very hard to accept.”

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Gardai in Ardee are appealing to anyone who travelled the road at Carnalogue between 4.15am and 4.45am this morning to contact Ardee Garda Station at 041 6853222, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

Related: Gardaí appeal after body found in Louth village

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