Brendan Byrne RIP

 

All at Sligo Rovers are extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Brendan Byrne.

Byrne was a stalwart of the club serving for many year's on the management committee and being an integral part of the 500 Club.

With Brendan’s passing on Monday, the club is mourning the sad loss of one of its most dedicated volunteers.

The below is a feature on Brendan Byrne in the Sligo Champion in April 2013 described him as ‘The Donegal man who has given a life-time of service to Sligo Rovers.’ 

Brendan served the club in many capacities, including Club Chairman. 

He started going to the Showgrounds in 1950, to watch his brother in law Frank McMorrow play in goals for Rovers. Brendan would go on to play twice for Rovers, once under his own name and once under assumed name.

In the late sixties, Brendan played a key role in securing the Showgrounds working with Ray Gallagher and the late John Fallon, then Club Chairman. When a collection was organised to pay back a bank loan for the purchase of the ground, without fail Brendan called door-to-door every week on his rota of St Joseph’s, St Brigid’s and Mail Coach Road.

In later years Rovers supporters would know Brendan as a committed fund-raiser, playing a major role in one of the club’s most successful and enduring fund-raising initiatives, the 500 Club.  He also travelled all over the county selling tickets for the annual draw. Like his great friend and equally prolific fund-raiser, the late Packie McGowan, it is impossible to quantify how much Brendan earned for the club over the years, but it was certainly significant.  It is fitting that Brendan was still selling tickets for his beloved Rovers up to recent weeks, showing a passion and enthusiasm for the club that was an inspiration for everyone who was privileged to know him.

Sligo Rovers extends its deepest sympathies to Brendan’s daughters Majella, Deirdre and Jane, and to his extended family and many friends.

The club flag at The Showgrounds flew at half mast to honour him.

 

 

 

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