Tear­ful scenes as Jay is laid to rest

June 1986

Bray People - - NEWS -

Tear­ful scenes to the strains of ‘Amaz­ing Grace’ at the grave­side marked the end of an era in the world of en­ter­tain­ment as Jay Byrne was laid to rest on Sun­day morn­ing.

It was con­sid­ered to be the big­gest funeral ever in Glenealy vil­lage as peo­ple poured in from all over the coun­try to pay their last re­spects to the fa­mous en­ter­tainer.

Some wer eold friends from the show­band days. Many were per­sonal ac­quan­tances, but the ma­jor­ity were those who had prob­a­bly never met him per­son­ally but re­spected him for the plea­sure he gave down the years.

His former col­lagues in the band car­ried the cof­fin from the house to the church on Satur­dya evening where the re­mains were re­ceived by Fr Mau­rice O’Shea and Mass was cel­e­brated by Fr Der­mot Ka­vanagh.

The lo­cal choir, which was trained by Jay, sang the funeral Mass.

His col­leagues again car­ried the cof­fin on Sun­day morn­ing and after the grave­side cer­e­mony, An­thony Byrne played ‘Amaz­ing Grace’ on Jay’s own sax­o­phone, ac­com­pa­nied by Tommy Earls and Abi Ja­cob.

There were many sides to Jay Byrne’s life. As well as be­ing a ded­i­cated fam­ily man, he was also deeply in­volved in the lo­cal com­mu­nity and had close as­so­ci­a­tions with the GAA, Com­mu­nity Games and the an­nual ceme­tery Mass.

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