MAYOR of Limerick, Cllr Jim Long has paid tribute to Bobby Byrne who passed away aged 75 this morning.
Bobby - the last man to be mayor for two consecutive terms between 1978 and 1980 - died with his family at his side in Milford Hospice this morning. He was first citizen during Pope John Paul II’s historic visit to Limerick in 1979.
He was a well known publican, running the popular Bobby Byrne’s pub in O’Connell Avenue.
His daughter, Cllr Maria Byrne is a serving councillor, and was Mayor of Limerick in 2010/11.
Mayor Long said: “He was the fairest politician I have ever worked under. I am deeply saddened for his wife Helen, his two sons Stephen and Robert, and my own colleague Maria. I have no words at the moment, it is just extremely extremely sad. This is a huge loss.”