Joe Byrne was a true gen­tle­man

Bray People - - MINDGAMES -

BRAY LOST one of its true gentle­men with death of Joe Byrne on March 11 af­ter a long ill­ness at the young age of just 56 years.

A na­tive of St. Peter's Road in Lit­tle Bray, Joe was well known for his cheer­ful and jovial man­ner and would al­ways stop for a few words with any­one he knew, which was many in the lo­cal com­mu­nity. For many years he was ac­tively in­volved with St. Peter's Church, Lit­tle Bray; fundrais­ing, the use of his skills as a pain­ter, and a reg­u­lar reader of the gospel at 12 Mass each Sun­day.

He worked as a craft worker with the Lo­cal Au­thor­ity in Dun Laoghaire be­fore he be­came a full-time Trade Union of­fi­cial with his union, the Union of Con­struc­tion, Al­lied Trades & Tech­ni­cians (UCATT) in the mid 90's. He was a re­gional in­dus­trial of­fi­cial for his Union, rep­re­sent­ing craft work­ers in both the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor.

A trade union mem­ber for 40 years, he comes from a proud tra­di­tion in a trade union fam­ily. He was ac­tive in his union from an early age, be­com­ing branch pres­i­dent then branch sec­re­tary for UCATT in Bray be­fore his ap­point­ment as a full­time of­fi­cial.

His Union has a proud his­tory in Bray, go­ing back over 110 years and was a founder mem­ber of the Coun­cil of Trade Unions in 1917.

Joe was a del­e­gate to the Bray and District Coun­cil of Trade Unions for the past 20 years and served as its Pres­i­dent for three terms and was Sec­re­tary for ten years un­til his ill­ness.

He was also chair­per­son of the Wick­low Trade Union Cen­tre, which he helped to es­tab­lish in 1993 af­ter many years of cam­paign­ing, and was im­mensely proud of its suc­cess over the years in­clud­ing the se­cur­ing of FETAC ac­cred­i­ta­tion for its ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing cour­ses.

Joe also rep­re­sented the Coun­cil of Trade Unions/ICTU on many lo­cal bod­ies; such as the County Wick­low De­vel­op­ment Board, the Bray Town Coun­cil Mu­nic­i­pal Pol­icy Com­mit­tee,

Bray Com­mu­nity En­ter­prise Ltd, and on the Board of the Dun Laoghaire In­sti­tute of Art, De­sign & Tech­nol­ogy.

His life was crowned with achieve­ment, re­spect and ad­mi­ra­tion from his col­leagues and friends. He was one of na­ture's gentle­men and will be sadly missed by all.

The late Joe Byrne, RIP.

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