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Limerick mourns death of two local stalwarts

(The late Sam Browne, left, pictured with Jack O’Shea and former Irish international and Young Munster star Jim Tydings)
LIMERICK’S rugby fraternity has been saddened by the death of two prominent clubmen. It is with deep sadness that we learned this morning of the death of Sam Browne and Paul O’Byrne.
Sam was one of the best known and most dedicated Young Munster clubmen, a ‘dyed in the wool’ black and amber, a former player and an ever-present wherever and whenever his team were in action. He could recollect Young Munster events, successes and defeats with ease and trace teams and players of the past as if they had only togged out in recent weeks.
Above all Sam was a gentleman. His love for rugby was genuine and everlasting and he will be sadly missed at Tom Clifford Park in the seasons ahead. May he rest in peace.
SAM BROWNE: Woodlawn Drive, Dooradoyle Limerick. (Peacefully) at home. (Late of Eircom, Shelbourne A.F.C. & Hon. Vice President of Young Munster R.F.C.). Beloved husband of Helen and dearest father of Brian and Elaine. Deeply regretted by his loving wife & children, daughter-in-law Katrina, brother Liam, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, relatives, and a wide circle of friends. Rest in Peace. Reposing at Griffin’s Funeral Home, John’s Gate, Limerick on Friday (May 26th) from 5.30pm. Removal at 7.30pm to St. Paul’s Church, Dooradoyle. Requiem Mass on Saturday (May 27th) at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in Castlemungret Cemetery. Contact: Griffin’s, John’s Gate 061 415000.
The death of Paul M O’Byrne, FRCSI, has also been received locally with much sadness. A Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, Paul passed away peacefully at his home, with his loving family, after a brave battle fought with great dignity and courage.
A staunch Garryowen FC man, his son Barra is currently a member of the Garryowen senior team.
PAUL M. O’BYRNE, FRCSI, ‘Kyleglass House’, North Circular Rd., Limerick and late of Barrington’s Hospital, Aut Even Hospital, Garryowen F.C. and formerly of Galway. Deeply regretted by his heart broken wife Anna (Annie) née Costello, children Barra and Lisa, Roz, Kelly and Paul, mother Elizabeth, brothers George, Harry, Joe and John, sisters Anne (Gaffney), Elizabeth (Mannion), Sharon, Christine, Mary (Moran) and Angie (O’Connor), mother-in-law Joan, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, medical colleagues and his many friends. Rest in Peace. Reposing at his home, on Thursday (May 25th) from 3pm. with prayers at 7pm. Removal to Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Ennis Road on Friday (May 26th) to arrive for 11am Mass. Funeral afterwards to Aghadoe Cemetery, Killarney (arr. 2.30 approx.). Family flowers only, donations if desired, to Milford Hospice. Contact: Griffin’s, John’s Gate 061 415000.

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