Northern Ireland

Judge Rosemary Watters regrets 'drink game' reference

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A Northern Ireland judge who was filmed at a family event drinking a shot and saying "neck and nominate" has said she recognises her "foolish behaviour".

Rosemary Watters said she would discourage anyone else from repeating what she did.

NekNomination is a game in which people are encouraged to drink alcohol in one go before posting a video online.

The Lord Chief Justice's Office, issued a statement, saying: "The video was taken at a family event."

It added: "Judge Watters recognises her foolish behaviour and would discourage anyone else from repeating what she did."

The concept of the game has been described as 'neck your drink, nominate another' person to do the same within 24 hours.

They post a video of themselves completing the challenge and nominate two of their friends to do the same.

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Image caption Jonny Byrne died after jumping into the River Barrow

"Neknominees" who refuse and break the chain are subject to online ridicule.

On Monday, a Northern Ireland-based Facebook page sharing videos of the drinking game was discontinued after the death of an Irish teenager.

Jonny Byrne, who was 19 and from County Carlow, died after jumping into the River Barrow in Carlow on Saturday.

His family said he had been playing 'NekNomination and believe the craze has turned into a form of bullying.

Jonny Byrne entered the River Barrow on Saturday night and after hours of searching, his body was recovered shortly after 11:00 GMT on Sunday.

The teenager's father, Joe Byrne, told Irish state broadcaster RTÉ: "I'm pleading to every youngster to think of the things they're doing.

"It has cost my son his life. The whole family is devastated and our lives will never be the same again."

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