A 45-year-old Cork man has been sentenced to three years in prison with two years and three months suspended for the manslaughter of his friend at a house in Cork in April 2016.

The Cork Circuit Criminal Court was told that Trevor O'Gorman, with an address at Pouladuff Road in Cork, had recklessly used a shotgun belonging to his friend Diarmuid Byrne, which resulted in Mr Byrne's death.

The shooting occurred at Mr Byrne's home at Plunkett Road in Ballyphehane in Cork.

The court also heard that the two men, who were close friends, had been drinking on the day when the death occurred.

O'Gorman had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to firing the shot gun that killed Mr Byrne but said he never knew the gun was loaded. 

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said he accepted there was serious recklessness, but then said he could not condone the discharging of a shotgun in a house injuring in circumstances where someone dies.

Mr Byrne's sister, Ber Lyons, speaking on behalf of her family in a victim impact statement, told the court that he was witty, charming, extremely hard working and full of life.

She said that on 26 April their lives were changed for ever.

"To lose someone so suddenly is heart-breaking and to lose him under the circumstances that we did has only added to the devastation," she said.

Ms Lyons said the family hoped that justice would bring peace and closure to them as they continue to "shoulder the burden of their struggles and heartbreak".