Tributes to Independent stalwart
TRIBUTES have been paid to former stalwart of Independent Newspapers Paddy Byrne, who has died following a short illness.
The father of three, from Dundrum in south Dublin, died in the Blackrock Clinic yesterday. He was 73. Mr Byrne joined Independent Newspapers in 1955, aged just 14, and started off as a block-setter and dispatcher. He retired in 2003.
But he was also a founding member of Fighting Blindness, and was credited with helping fund the first research into a condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa.
Close friend Derek Dean said he was a "great man". Independent Newspapers managing editor Michael Denieffe also paid tribute, saying: "He was a very loyal employee of the Independent. He was old school, a very nice man, a fantastic colleague and couldn't do enough for you."
Mr Byrne is survived by his wife Helen and children Hilary, Damien and Elaine. His funeral Mass is on Monday at 10.30am in the Church of the Holy Cross, Dundrum.