Tommy Byrne with his wife Kathleen, son Deputy Thomas Byrne, and other family members attended the recent local election count to cheer on his son James who went on to win a seat. Photo: Andy Spearman.
The death has occurred this afternoon of former Drogheda councillor, Tommy Byrne who served for almost 30 years on local government including Drogheda Corporation, Drogheda Borough Council and Louth County Council .
Mr Byrne had been seriously ill for some months and did not run in the last local elections as a result.
At a special ceremony in April of this year at which a presentation was made to Tommy to mark his retirement from Louth County Council after almost 30 years of service to the people of Drogheda and County Louth Tommy said:
“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.”
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Tommy and his wife Kathleen (nee Hilliard) have seven grown up children including Meath East TD, Thomas Byrne and newly elected councillor James Byrne who took his father’s seat in Drogheda Urban at the local elections in May.
It was typical of the man that, although he was very ill, Tommy turned up with Kathleen and other members of his family at the local election count in May to wish his son James well in his first political outing. He took great joy in James's election.
Deputy Thomas Byrne posted a tribute to his father on Facebook in which he said:
“We are absolutely devastated to say that my dad, Tommy, passed away very peacefully this afternoon in the wonderful care of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, surrounded by us his family.”
"Tommy was an absolute legend in soccer, in business and in politics. Unfortunately, on his 73rd birthday last November, he was admitted to hospital and diagnosed with Glioblastoma.
“We want to sincerely thank all his doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and care staff in the Lourdes and in Beaumont, Chaplain Fr Tommy Hogan and Fr Phil Gaffney and all our neighbours and friends. I also want to thank the huge amount of people who very simply asked us over the last few months "how is Tommy?". That meant a lot.
RIP Dad, funeral arrangements later.