Sonny was one of Knock’s great characters and was known for his quick wit, jokes and infectious smile. He enjoyed going out socializing and meeting friends old and new. There was no generation gap with Sonny Byrne.
In his early days he was a fine waltzer and dancer. He also had a fondness for recitations and enjoyed delivering them on special occasions.
He loved nature and quiz shows on television and always kept himself well informed and up to date with the news and events around the country. He was a keen darts enthusiast and took part in many competitions in former years. Sonny was an ardent supporter of Manchester United and had a special liking for them since his days in England.
He was only 14 when he went to work in England. There he settled in well and made many friends. He returned years later to look after his mother and father and to run the farm in Eden.
He married Delia Connolly in September 1977 and it was there he reared his family.
Sonny created a wonderful family home and there was always a great welcome for anyone who came through the door. “You are as welcome as the flowers in May” was one of his many sayings.
He was a great entertainer and host, loved by young and old, and has given the family and his friends many fond memories which will ensure he will remain in their hearts forever. He was a good neighbour and kind friend and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Large crowds attended the funeral ceremonies in Knock on both days. Removal was from the Marian Funeral Home to Knock Church with burial in the old Knock cemetery beside his parents and grandparents following Requiem Mass celebrated by his cousin, Fr Mike Murphy, PP, Roundfort.
Sonny is survived by his wife Delia, daughters Anne-Denise and Louise, sons Adrian, Paul and Declan, grandsons Ryan, Jack and Gary, his sister Kitty Quinn (Kilkelly), brother Mattie Byrne (England), nephews, nieces, extended family, neighbours and close friends.
May his gentle soul rest in peace.