Tearful scenes as Jay is laid to rest
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.