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Tributes paid to Kilkenny man who died after being struck by train in US

Tributes paid to Kilkenny man who died after being struck by train in US

This is an updated version of an article originally published on December 20th, 2022

Tributes have been pouring in over the last week following the sudden passing of "a young man with a bright future" from south county Kilkenny.

Anthony Mulhearn from Ballyknockbeg in Mullinavat died after being struck by a North Jersey Coast Line train at about 11:50 pm on Thursday, December 15th.

North Jersey Coast Line train 4398 left Bay Head at 11.34 pm headed to Long Branch when the incident occurred.

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According to police, six people were on board the train when Mr Mulhearn, who was a pedestrian, was struck. None of the train passengers was injured.

NJ Transit spokeswoman Anjali Hemphill speaking to local media identified the victim as Anthony Mulhearn, but would not comment on what caused the incident.

The 24-year-old is survived by hisย heartbroken parents Niall and Josie, and his brothers Thomas, Pat and Niall.

His former school, New Ross' Good Council College, has paid tribute to Anthony. The post reads: "It is with sadness we learn of the death of past pupil, Anthony Mulhearn.

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"Always quiet, polite and courteous, Anthony will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Our sympathies to his parents, his brothers and all the Mulhearn family. At dheis Dรฉ go raibh a anam."

Anthony had also attended St. Beacon's National School in Mullinavat. Current principal, Tom O'Brien, posted online to offer his heartfelt condolences: "I want to pass on our sincere condolences to [the family] on the very sad news of Anthony's passing. We have very fond memories of Anthony during his time in our school."

Family, friends and members of the local community have also posted online to offer their condolences.

One wrote: "So sad to hear of the untimely death of your son (and brother), at this time of year when families are gathering together to celebrate Christmas."

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Another said: "It is so difficult to find the right words to express our heartfelt sorry to you all on the death of your precious son and brother. Anthony was a beautiful soft-spoken boy and young man."

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced as family members await the repatriation of Anthony's body from the United States.

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