The highly respected and much loved journalist died today at Saint James Hospital after a short illness.
John ‘George’ 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 spent several years as a critic for the Irish Independent before joinging the Herald.
A life-long Shamrock Rovers and Chelsea fan, he commanded the loyalty, friendship and respect in media, music and sporting circles.
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,” he said.
Here are some George's most recent reviews for independent.ie:
Comedy/drama. Starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, Richard Gere, Dev Patel, Penelope Wilton, Tamsin Greig, David Strathairn, Ronald Pickup. Directed by John Madden. Cert PG
Drama. Starring Jeremy Renner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Oliver Platt, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Michael Sheen, Michael Kenneth Williams, Andy Garcia, Barry Pepper, Ray Liotta. Directed by Michael Cuesta. Cert 15A