Priest urges people to stop online drinking craze

Mary Cody

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Mary Cody

The chief celebrant at the funeral of Jonny Byrne is calling for an end to the Neknomination craze.

The chief celebrant at the funeral of Jonny Byrne is calling for an end to the Neknomination craze.

Fr Tom Lalor appealed to young people to say no if they are faced with the social media drinking game.

“Just as this craze is supposed to have been started by one person, it can be stopped by one person. Let you be that person,” he said.

“If you are faced with this challenge, be strong, be great and make a worthwhile contribution. You owe it to Jonathan Byrne.” There were heart wrenching scenes yesterday as the popular 19-year-old was buried.

Hundreds of people attended the funeral in Leighlinbridge.

Jonathan ‘Jonny’ Byrne drowned last Saturday night after he jumped into the River Barrow after consuming a quantity of alcohol as part of a Neknomination challenge.

A Neknomination involves a person drinking a pint of beer or spirits in one go - posting a video of the act on online - and nominating others to take on the challenge.

There have been widespread calls for an end to the Neknomination craze in the wake of the tragedy - including an appeal from the Taoiseach Enda Kenny.