THERE were emotional scenes in the city this lunchtime as two-time mayor of Limerick Bobby Byrne was laid to rest.
St Joseph’s Church in O’Connell Avenue was packed to the rafters as the life of Bobby, who sadly passed away on Friday evening, was celebrated.
Bobby, who had a 25 year career as a councillor in the old ward four was given a guard of honour by Limerick City councillors, followed by a round of applause from the hundreds who lined O’Connell Street to pay their final respects.
Bobby was described by his brother, Fr Tommy Byrne, who celebrated the Mass as a gentle man, and an outstanding public servant.
Joining his family in the congregation were the Taoiseach’s Aide-du-Camp Commandant Michael Treacy, former MEP Tom O’Donnell, and former Mayors of Limerick Gus O’Driscoll and Thady Coughlan.
Symbols of Bobby’s life including a picture of him with Pope John Paul the Second during the Pope’s visit to Limerick have been presented at the service.
He was laid to rest at Mount Saint Laurence Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife Helen, children Maria, Robert and Stephen, and many grandchildren.