Sunday 25 September 2016

Dave Fanning, Tom Dunne and Aslan's Christy Dignam pay their respects to late Herald writer George Byrne

Published 07/04/2015 | 14:59

Dave Fanning at the funeral mass of journalist John ‘George’ Byrne at Saint Nicholas of Myra Church in Francis Street, Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren
Dave Fanning at the funeral mass of journalist John ‘George’ Byrne at Saint Nicholas of Myra Church in Francis Street, Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren
Aslan's lead singer Christy Dignam and band member Billy McGuinness at the funeral mass of journalist John ‘George’ Byrne at Saint Nicholas of Myra Church in Francis Street, Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren
Dave Fanning at the funeral mass of journalist John ‘George’ Byrne at Saint Nicholas of Myra Church in Francis Street, Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren
The Herald Editor Alan Steenson at the funeral mass of journalist John ‘George’ Byrne at Saint Nicholas of Myra Church in Francis Street, Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren
(right) Eamonn Carr at the funeral mass of journalist John ‘George’ Byrne at Saint Nicholas of Myra Church in Francis Street, Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren
Newstalk presenter Tom Dunne at the funeral mass of journalist John ‘George’ Byrne at Saint Nicholas of Myra Church in Francis Street, Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren
RTE sports journalist Tony O'Donoghue at the funeral mass of journalist John ‘George’ Byrne at Saint Nicholas of Myra Church in Francis Street, Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren

Some well-known names on Ireland's radio scene have gathered to pay their respects to late Herald journalist George Byrne today.

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Newstalk's Tom Dunne, 2FM's Dave Fanning, and RTE sports commentator Tony O' Donoghue attended Mr Byrne's funeral at the Saint Nicholas of Myra Church in Francis Street, Dublin this afternoon.

Aslan's Christy Dignam and Billy McGuinness also paid their respects to George's parents Michael and Kay Byrne, as well as George's former colleagues at The Herald.

Mr Byrne (57), who was film critic for the Herald for several years as well as a hugely knowledgeable music critic and television and book reviewer, died on April 2.

He started his media career in Hot Press and went on to spend several years as a critic for the Irish Independent before joining The Herald.

A life-long Shamrock Rovers fan, he commanded loyalty, friendship and respect in media, music and sporting circles.

He was a former bass guitarist with the rock bands Autobop and The Gorehounds.

Shocked colleagues remembered George as a witty, pithy and incisive reviewer of films and music with an encyclopaedic knowledge of his subjects. They recalled he was never afraid to nail his colours to the mast, often admitting to his own prejudices at the outset of his reviews.

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