Sunday 17 December 2017

Tributes to Irish backpacker (20) who was 'everyone's friend'

Govan Jolliffe-Byrne from Portmarnock died yesterday
Govan Jolliffe-Byrne from Portmarnock died yesterday
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

A young Irishman has died following a tragic incident in East Africa.

The 20-year-old victim, Govan Jolliffe-Byrne, who is from Dublin, is understood to have fallen after leaving a club in Tanzania yesterday.

The young man is believed to have been travelling with friends in East Africa when the incident took place.

A Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman said that consular assistance is being provided to the man’s family in Portmarnock.

Mr Jolliffe-Byrne studied at NUI Maynooth, and had worked at Portmarnock Sports and Leisure Club as a bartender.

He was described by his local GAA club as "a true legend".

In a tribute on Twitter this evening, the club said he was "always the soul of the party and everyone's friend".

The statement added: "You will never be forgotten".

More to follow.

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