Cong, Killimor and Dublin
LIAM Beirne, Cong, who died recently following a relatively short illness, was a retired member of An Garda Siochana. He served on security with former Taoiseach, Bertie Ahearn, for eleven years.
Liam (61) was son of the late Tom and Maura Beirne, Convent Road, Claremorris. Tom, who was stationed as a Garda in Claremorris for many years, was a native of Roscommon while Maura was formerly Molloy from Tourmakeady. Liam’s brother, Kevin, won an All Ireland minor medal with Mayo in 1985 and played for the county in the senior All Ireland Final in 1989 against Cork.
Born and raised in Killimor in south-east Galway where his father (Tom) was a serving garda, Liam’s main game was hurling and he gave many distinguished displays with the Killimor underage teams. He was a member of the Galway minor hurling team that lost to Kilkenny in the All Ireland Final of 1973.
He retained huge links and friendships with the Galway hurling fraternity and a good few members of the All Ireland winning senior teams of 1987-88 attended the funeral ceremonies in Cong. All through the years, he remained an ever loyal supporter of the Galway hurling teams.
Liam spent the vast bulk of his life with An Garda Siochana based at Harcourt Square, Dublin. In his early days, he served on the Border post at Ballyconnell (Co Cavan) for three years from 1977-1980 and also spent short periods in Castletown-Geoghegan and Mullingar before being assigned to Dublin.
He enjoyed his years on duty with Bertie Ahern during which time he visited every constituency in the country as part of his official assignments.
By the time the Beirne family moved to Claremorris in 1980, Liam and his older brother Tom were already members of An Garda Siochana in other parts of the country and did not have chance to develop intimate links with the local community.
Their younger brothers, Seán and Kevin, quickly settled into life in St Colman’s College and were soon prominent with the college teams as well as the Claremorris football and hurling teams of that era.
The Beirne family were blessed with a lovely nature and they soon commanded the utmost respect in Claremorris, an enduring friendship that has never waned over the years. Kevin remains a hugely loyal and committed member of the local GAA club and is currently in charge of the U-21 panel.
Reposing was at his residence in Cong with private removal the next day for Requiem Mass in St Mary of The Rosary Church, Cong, with burial afterwards in Lisloughrey Cemetery. Fr Paddy Gilligan, PP, was the chief celebrant and he was assisted by Fr Gerry French and Fr John Hughes.
Liam is deeply regretted by his wife Geraldine (Conroy) and their son George, his brothers Tom (Dublin), Seán (Belturbet), and Kevin (Claremorris), mother-in-law Mae Conroy (Cong), sisters-in-law Cathy, Karen, Linda Beirne and Georgina O’Mahony, aunts, aunts-in-law, nephews, niece, relatives, neighbours and large circle of friends.