Barney's death has left ' a hole in the world that won't ever be filled'

TRIBUTES have been paid to a Toome man who has passed away following a tragic climbing accident in Ecuador.

Artlone native Ciaran Barney Riley-Dobbin, who was working as a teacher at the British School in Quito, died suddenly last week, leading to an outpouring of grief.

He had reached the summit of Chimborazo, said by some to be technically the highest on earth as it lies on the equator and so reaches farther from the centre of the planet.

It is the latest blow for the family after Barney’s aunt Lorraine Clyde was killed in an horrific car crash near Randalstown in July 2016.

The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust has been working with his family in Northern Ireland in a bid to bring him back home.

*Read the full, tragic story in this week’s Antrim Guardian

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