Tributes paid to much-loved film critic George Byrne
TRIBUTES have been paid to highly-respected film critic John 'George' Byrne who died after a short illness.
Mr Byrne (57) was film critic for the Herald for several years as well as a hugely knowledgeable music critic and television and book reviewer.
He started his media career in Hot Press as a music critic and went on to spend several years reviewing for the Irish Independent before joining the Herald.
Group Editor-in-Chief of Independent Newspapers Stephen Rae said: "George was a dear friend in Independent House.
"We are all deeply saddened at his untimely death. George had a great sense of fun and huge intellect to whom we all turned on the topics of music, football and film. We'll miss him immensely.
"We send on our deepest sympathies to his parents, family and wide circle of friends."
Herald editor Alan Steenson said: "George Byrne was a friend, a colleague and a massive presence on the pages of both the Herald and Irish Independent for over 20 years."
Independent Newspapers Managing Editor Michael Denieffe said: "George Byrne was a gifted,gentle soul with an ironic, perceptive analysis on life that was irreverent, engaging and eternally entertaining.
"His writing was intelligent and always engaging. His company was joyous, challenging and inevitably memorable. A star in the heavens of genuine talent and character has fallen tonight, May he rest in peace."