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Wicklow storyteller Philip Byrne looks at his own life story

Reporter David Medcalf called to the Bray Head home of Philip Byrne, now a professional storyteller and formerly a trainer of trainers. He spoke of how his life was shaped in part by joining the Civil Defence in the spirit of volunteerism

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Philip Byrne in his garden in Bray.

Philip Byrne in his garden in Bray.

A photo from circa 1962 of the Green Goddess fire engine which Philip used during his time with Bray Fire Service.

A photo from circa 1962 of the Green Goddess fire engine which Philip used during his time with Bray Fire Service.

Philip Byrne's first serious camera, a Zeiss Ikon, with darkroom equipment he also used.

Philip Byrne's first serious camera, a Zeiss Ikon, with darkroom equipment he also used.

Philip Byrne in his garden in Bray.

Philip Byrne in his garden in Bray.

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Philip Byrne in his garden in Bray.

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Go talk to Philip Byrne: that was the word on the Bray grapevine – he has a story to tell.

And the grapevine was correct, except that Philip has more than just one story in his locker. He has been a fire fighter, an educator, an author, to mention but a brief selection.


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