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The late Jim Byrne was a true gentleman and a great character


The late Jim Byrne.

The late Jim Byrne.

The late Jim Byrne.


A hardworking and genuine person is how all will remember Jim Byrne of Tinnock, who sadly passed away on Sunday, July 17.

Jim was well-known by many around the area through his work at Byrne’s Car Dismantlers, where he assisted his brother Felie for many years. Since his death on Sunday, tributes have been pouring in for him, with many describing him as a ‘true gentleman'.

Neighbour Pat Hughes described Jim as ‘the salt of the earth’ who was known and liked by everyone in the area.

"He was a great character. He was very much his own man and was very well liked in the area,” he said. "Jim was a Sinn Fein supporter and a great GAA follower. He watched every game and had his own opinion on every match and what the referee did right and wrong. Kilanerin was his team.”

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Ben Furney and all at Furney’s Garage in Ballycanew expressed their deepest sympathy to the Byrne family on the sad passing of Jim.

“I remember him as always being helpful and accommodating,” said Ben.

William Cecil and all at Cecil Motors in Ballycanew expressed their sympathies to the Byrne family on the loss of ‘one of life's true characters’.

“Jim was well known and liked by so many at the garages in the area. They always had a great chat. It wasn’t always about business, we talked about sport and everything else. Between golf, racing and GAA, he had a good background to anything going on at the time.”

Cllr Joe Sullivan described Jim as a “decent, hardworking and genuine person who was well-known and well-respected in the area”.

"Anyone that would have known him would have been his friend. Everyone would have had a good word for him.”

Cllr Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin said that people in the wider Kilanerin area and beyond are deeply saddened to learn of Jim’s untimely passing.

“He was someone who could definitely be described as 'Gentleman Jim' because he was a proper gentleman, and came from a very popular and respected local family. I’d like to extend my deepest sympathy to the Byrne family.”

Jim was the beloved son of the late Felix and Kathleen and brother of Felix, Mary, Francie, Joan, Rena and Anthony. He is deeply regretted by his brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Reposing at Murphy's Funeral Home, The Avenue, Gorey on Wednesday July 20 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Removal from funeral home on Thursday July 21 at 10.20 a.m. to St. Peter and Paul's Church Kilanerin for Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. followed by burial in Limbrick Cemetery Kilanerin.

The family very much appreciate your support and co-operation during this very sad and difficult time and would be grateful if you would express your messages of sympathy on the condolence page on rip.ie.