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Friday 28 April 2017

Friends and family to gather to remember Herald legend George Byrne on first anniversary of his death

26/6/15 George's parents Mick and Kay and sister Andrea at a memorial Concert For George Byrne at Whelans, in aid of the Liberties charity. Picture: Arthur Carron
26/6/15 George's parents Mick and Kay and sister Andrea at a memorial Concert For George Byrne at Whelans, in aid of the Liberties charity. Picture: Arthur Carron

Eimear Rabbitt

The family and friends of the late film and music critic George Byrne will mark the first anniversary of his death with a special toast to his memory.

The highly respected and much-loved journalist, who was a film critic for the Herald for several years, passed away on April 2, 2015, following a short illness.

Tomorrow, his family and close friends will pay tribute to the 57-year-old in his favourite haunt, Fallons in the Liberties.

“George was not a very religious person, so we think he would prefer people to have a few drinks and toast his memory,” his sister Andrea Byrne told the Herald.

George Byrne
George Byrne

“We will visit his grave on Saturday and then go to Fallons afterwards,where we will share some funny stories and remember him. That would be more up his street.”

George’s family have printed a special memorial card and bookmark to remember the journalist’s first anniversary.

The personalised bookmark features a Johnny Cash quote, as well lyrics from a Talking Heads song, Heaven.

Andrea said she finds the speed of time since George’s death difficult.

“I am very much in the zone where the day of his anniversary will be the last day that I can ever say ‘this time last year’ when I am talking about George, so I find that strange.”

Radio host and musician Tom Dunne played a special tribute to his “dear friend” George on his Newstalk show last night.

“I still find it hard to believe and difficult to accept his death,” he told the Herald. “There are still moments where you hear songs and hear music that makes you think of George and you reach for your phone. He had an exquisite taste in music and is dearly missed,” the radio presenter added.

One of George’s oldest friends, Paul O’Mahony of Concern, described him as an “incredibly special and distinctive person”.

Mr O’Mahony was one of the organisers behind a sold-out concert held in George’s memory at gig venue Whelans last year.

“He was one of those guys who always had something to say, and his opinion was always so valued.

“He is incredibly missed, both as a friend and from the music scene,” Mr O'Mahony told the Herald.

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