Tributes paid to walkers who died in Mourne Mountains

Two men died amid high winds in the Mournes. Credit: Pacemaker

The two men who died in separate incidents in the Mourne Mountains over the weekend have been named locally.

Seán Byrne, from Camlough, and Banbridge man Robbie Robinson, lost their lives in falls on Wee Binian and Slieve Commedagh on Sunday.

Police and emergency crews were called to the incidents, amid high winds in the Co Down mountains, but they died at the scene.

Meanwhile a third man was rescued with a suspected broken ankle after suffering a fall.

Police said the deaths are not being treated as suspicious and warned anyone venturing out into the mountains for a walk to be careful.

Mr Robinson was a former chief superintendent in the PSNI.

Retired MLA and former Police Federation chairman JimmySpratt tweeted: "Shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic death of Robbie Robinson in the Mourne Mountains yesterday.

"His family are in my thoughts and prayers, as is the family of the otheraccident."

Mr Byrne was a lifelong member of Craobh Rua Camlocha Hurling Club, and on Monday morning they paid tribute to him on social media.

“No words we can say will lessen the shock and pain of his family as they struggle to come to terms with this news,” they said.

“However we will be there for them just as Seán has been here for us over the past 30 years.”