MAYOR Gerry McLoughlin has led the tributes to Ann Byrnes, who tragically lost her battle against cancer yesterday.
Ms Byrnes, just 50, died in the early hours of yesterday morning, following a battle against the condition.
For the last 17 years, she was involved in the Children At Risk in Ireland (CARI) charity, and had risen to the role of Senior Development Executive.
Mayor McLoughlin, who raised money for CARI through the Limerick Leprechauns, described Anne as an “inspirational figure”.
“She was tremendous, she was dedicated, and was always charming. She was so good at what she did. It allowed CARI to move on and do the tremendous work it did. She was tremendously dedicated to her role. She loved the charity, and was passionate about it. It was tough to say no to her,” the mayor recalled.
“She was positive, conscientious, and will be missed. I think the city is a poorer place without her,” he said.
Majella Ryan, acting national clinical director of CARI told Live95FM that she will mostly remember her kind nature.
“The thing I will hold most was her kindness was always to the fore. Her love of children - her absolute love of children and her desire to do her best for the children of this area,” she said.
Anne, who is survived by daughter Sarah, will be laid to rest following her funeral in St John’s Cathedral on Thursday morning.