Gerard Byrne, SVC Dean 1987-97
The Union was saddened to hear of the untimely passing of Gerard Byrne who was a member of staff at the College 1987-97
The death has occurred of Gerard BYRNE
BYRNE, Gerard (Lucan, Co. Dublin) October 14, 2017 (suddenly) at home. Beloved father of Mark and Philip and partner of Annette. Sadly missed by his loving family, his brothers Frank, Kevin and John, sister Bernadette, Mark’s partner Seol, his nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and fellow musicians.
Reposing at Fanagans Funeral Home, Aungier Street, on Wednesday with family in attendance from 5.30 pm until 7.30 pm. Funeral Mass on Thursday at 11.30 am in St. Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street, followed by burial at Glasnevin Cemetery.
Date Published: Tuesday 17th October 2017 Date of Death: Saturday 14th October 2017
Gerard was the first lay person to hold the position of Dean at SVC. He succeeded the long serving Denis O'Donovan, CM in 1987 and held the office for the following ten years and any qualms about a non-Vincentian holding this office were quickly dispelled for all agreed he excelled in the role.
On leaving us, his career focused on the charity sector initially with Mercy Child Care Services, Childvision, Rehab and then with the National Council for the Blind in Ireland, who he was still with until his untimely passing. Throughout it all Gerard never forgot his time at Knock and only this year when we awarded him honorary membership of the Union, he replied -
I am more than happy, I am greatly honoured and delighted to retain my connection with the College. Being on the staff of Castleknock College has been a highlight of my working life and I never miss an opportunity to praise the College and to promote it in any way I can. I had the wonderful experience of living on the grounds for ten years; it was the first home of my two sons, so I have great memories of a great school.
To those sons Mark and Philip and his partner Annette, we extend our heartfelt sympathies and our assurance that they like Gerard will always be remembered as part of the Castleknock family.
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