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Tragic dad got all-clear for cancer

A FATHER-of-seven killed in a road accident had just beaten cancer.

Dubliner Brendan Byrne was in "great spirits" after doctors gave him the all-clear from the life-threatening disease.

However, the 56-year-old was tragically knocked down as he crossed Amiens Street in the city centre yesterday morning.

"No one had a bad word to say about him. He was a very, very good person," his sister-in-law Valerie told the Herald.


There were heartbreaking scenes of grief in his native Seville Place last night as family members came to terms with his death.

He was crossing the road close to Connolly Station around 1.10am, having earlier attended a bingo night and stopped for a takeway on the way home.

Mr Byrne was a city council employee for 29 years, working with children in the north inner city.

In a cruel twist of fate he had just got over prostate cancer.

"They're all in shock at the moment," said a devastated work colleague. "I don't know what to say. I'm in shock," the woman, told the Herald.

Mr Byrne was married to Dolores, known to her family and friends as Lolo.

He had seven children aged 22 to 33.

Brendan's sister-in-law Valerie said: "Everybody got on great with him. The whole community is in shock. He'd do anything for you. He had a heart of gold.

"He was in great spirits," she added. "No one had a bad word to say about him. He was a very, very good person."

And she praised the community for its support.


"The community are brilliant. They pull together," she said, as the local priest arrived to offer comfort to Brendan's family.

Mr Byrne had been attending bingo in a local pub, as he did regularly, and went to the chipper afterwards.

He was struck by a car after leaving the fast-food outlet.

A steady stream of neighbours and friends visited Mr Byrne's family at Seville Place as the tragic news spread.