A presentation is made to Councillor Tommy Byrne by Cathaoirleach (Chairman) of Louth County Council, Cllr. Liam Reilly and Council Chief Executive Joan Martin. Looking on proudly are Tommy’s wife Kathleen and three of their sons Thomas, James and Mary.
On Wednesday morning last a reception was held at County Hall in Dundalk to honour Councillor Tommy Byrne who, having given almost 30 years of his life to the service of the people of his beloved home town of Drogheda, has decided to retire from local politics.
“I would like to thank the Chief Executive of Louth County Council, Joan Martin, and Cathaoirleach, Cllr Liam Reilly, for honouring my years of service to Drogheda Corporation, Drogheda Borough Council and Louth County Council.
“I really appreciate the kind and generous words expressed today by my fellow Councillors of all political persuasions and Council staff.
“I want to thank the people of Drogheda for their friendship and courtesy shown to myself, Kathleen and our family over the years. As someone who has lived in this great town all my life I feel very privileged to have served as Councillor for Drogheda and Louth for the past 25 years.”
Tommy may have given many years of his life to public service but he is first and foremost a family man. He and his wife Kathleen (nee Hilliard) have seven grown up children, three of whom were in Dundalk on Wednesday morning for the presentation to their father.
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Tommy’s interest in politics has rubbed off on at least two of his sons – Thomas is the Fianna Fáil TD for East Meath and James is standing in the local elections running for a seat in the Drogheda Urban electoral area.
Tommy is a keen portsman, in the past he played for Naomh Mhuire, O’Raghallaigh’s, Wolfe Tones, he is also a former League of Ireland player and was player manager of Drogheda Utd.
He has run a successful auctioneer and valuation practice in Drogheda since 1973.