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Drowned teen Adam will live on through his music, say pals

FRIENDS of a talented young musician killed in a tragic drowning accident believe his music will help his memory live on.

Adam Keenan Byrne (14) died after falling into the River Liffey near Clane, Co Kildare, at around 6pm on Saturday evening.

His body was returned to the family yesterday and a funeral Mass is due to be held in Clane parish church this morning.

Crowds gathered at the house to pay their last respects to the singer-songwriter last night.

Friends were yesterday circulating an internet video of the young musician singing Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway to Heaven' which he recorded just days before his death.

Adam's dream was to achieve 1,000 hits on YouTube with a music video, and friends hope they can now help achieve that goal.

The video had achieved more than 350 hits on the website last night, as viewers posted messages of sympathy.

Adam's parents Sandra and Keith were bring comforted by family and friends yesterday.

His uncle Conor Byrne told the Irish Independent that Adam's passion in life was playing music.

"He's been playing for years, since he could hold a guitar," Mr Byrne said.

Adam had been taught to play by his late grandfather Billy Byrne who died a number of years previously.

Mr Byrne said that the young man's favourite bands were 1970s rock super group Led Zeppelin, Guns 'N' Roses and "anything with a riff in it".

Adam, a second-year pupil at Scoil Mhuire Community School in Clane, had just formed a band called Simple As, and wrote songs with the local Clane Music Academy.

It is understood that he had fallen from a rope swing into the river.

There is speculation that a branch holding the swing could have snapped and hit him in the head.

His three friends ran along the river bank and eventually managed to pull him in downstream.

Adam is also survived by brother Daniel and sister Megan.

Gardai are treating the incident as a tragic accident.

Irish Independent