Priest urges young people to avoid Neknominations

Wednesday 05 February 2014 22.25
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The funeral mass was held in St Lazerian's Church in Leighlinbridge
The funeral mass was held in St Lazerian's Church in Leighlinbridge
Jonathan Byrne was taking part in a social media dare known as Neknomination
Jonathan Byrne was taking part in a social media dare known as Neknomination

The funeral has taken place of a young man who died over the weekend after taking part in a social media dare known as Neknomination.

Jonathan Byrne, from Leighlinbridge in Co Carlow, was swept away in the River Barrow on Saturday night.

His body was recovered the following morning.

The 19-year-old had been taking part in a social media dare, which involves quickly drinking a large amount of alcohol.

The funeral mass was held in St Lazerian's Church in Leighlinbridge with burial in the local cemetery.

Parish priest Fr Thomas Lalor said the ripples of the young man's death were still being felt.

Referring to Neknominations, he said peer pressure now brings modern risks and challenges that were unknown ten years ago.

He said risk-taking, coupled with alcohol, can have disastrous consequences.

Fr Lalor appealed to young people not to take part in Neknominations, saying people had to be brave and say no.