We recently said a sad farewell to Sean Byrne, loving husband of Chris, Dad to Una and Shelia, Granddad to Thomas and Daniel, Father-in-law to Jim and Donal, brother of Eileen and myself, Uncle and Granduncle. Let us not be sad, but be joyful that we enjoyed his company for all the years. We knew and loved him. Sean worked in many fields from his first job in Jim Bourke’s Knockmahill, Bourke’s of the hollow, Collins of Knockbrittas, Ryan’s of Ruan, the E.S.B. Rural Electrification before he had to leave like a lot of young people from the Church and took the train from Thurles to Euston Station London. He worked as a barman in the Falcon pub in Clapham Junction, as did his future wife Chris in later times, I also worked in the Falcon with him. They married in 1966, and later returned home to the Church and started working in Ferinka in Limerick before taking up employment with North Tipperary County Council. He was later to become Road overseer in this area, a job at which he excelled and was so well respected until his early retirement as he battled his first encounter with cancer 18 years ago and won. Sadly this time the battle was too hard for him to win.
His love of flowers and roses can be seen outside his home. He liked a game of cards, solo and 45. In his younger days, he played hurling and football with the Church. Pakie Ryan said he was a lovely sticksman and might have helped the Church to honours but for emigration. He would always arrive early, be it for weddings, Masses or funerals. I would like to thank a few people. To Mary Bourke next door for looking after Chris’s needs over the last few days and for helping Sean. To Marian Gleeson, who could not do enough for both of them, always available whenever they needed her. And to Ronan who he always enjoyed listening to as he told his exploits on the hurling field. To Eileen, Tammy and Shiela who travelled to Limerick with Sean and me to help him with his needs and oxygen. To Shiela, I’ll say you were a great girl looking after Sean and Chris since you came on holidays. What a Holiday? Sean in Nenagh, Sean in Limerick, Chris in Nenagh, Chris home from Nenagh, Chris back in Nenagh after 2 hours and you still looking after Sean at home. You were just brilliant and you still kept your sister Una updated on all that was happening. A special thanks to Bertie - your quiet and unassuming manner has been a tower of strength to us all. Also thanks to his brother in law Jimmy. When we visited him on the last Saturday Eileen asked Sean how are you? And he answered as always ‘’I’m fine’’ those were the last words he spoke - as always making sure we weren’t worried over him. I’ll finish with the words that Sean always used when saying goodbye and I’ll say them on his behalf, Cheere Bye.
Loved always, your brother Andy