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Further charity fundraisers planned in memory of popular Camlough man

The family of popular Camlough man Sean Byrne, who died as result of a fall while walking in the Mournes Mountains on 13th January 2019, would like to thank everyone at home and abroad who contacted Sean’s family on his First Anniversary to express a message of commemoration or attended Holy Mass in his memory. 

Family members are delighted to have had a number of enquiries regarding events or fundraising in Sean’s memory, particularly as Sean was a well known avid supporter and donor to appeals and causes in the locality during his lifetime.

Last year on Father’s Day June 16th 2019, which coincided with what would’ve been Sean’s 64th birthday, the Byrne family had hoped to hold a number of fundraising events over the weekend but plans were shelved due to the death of Sean’s beloved and heartbroken father Pat [aged 94]. A decision by those who had already raised sponsorship to participate in the  ‘Fun Mud Run’ went ahead and as Sean’s widow Bernie recalled: “It was a tough decision for our son Shane, daughter Blinne, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and other family members to leave grandad Pat’s wake but he would have expected no less of any of them, and would have been especially proud that his young great grandchildren Christopher, Eireann and Oisin did the Mud Run and in so doing had honoured their commitments to others, a legacy directly inherited from the example of Pat’s own selfless lifestyle.”

Family man: So often behind the camera, Sean Byrne is pictured with daughter Blinne and grandchildren Chris and Eireann during a family holiday two years ago

All those partaking had their efforts justified and raised just over £6000 for the very worthy cause of the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team (MMRT), whose volunteers had responded on that January day to three separate requests for mountain rescue assistance at what turned out to be very serious incidents; one of which was the recovery of Sean’s body, the second a climbing accident which also ended in a fatality, and third accident giving medical attention and a successful rescue.  Each was carried out with dignity even though they and other emergency services were stretched to their limits.

MMRT members are available 24/7, 365 days a year, year after year, and astoundingly each volunteer is financially responsible for their own equipment and individual travel costs; grants and other awarded monies are strictly specified. The MMRT is one of eleven interactive rescue groups on the island of Ireland and is currently raising funds for their own premises.

Sean Byrne’s widow Bernie and son Shane present £6,100 to the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team, raised through a Fun Run held in his honour.  Further fundraising events are planned for this year.

The Byrne family is delighted by the offers of support for fundraising and already a group of Sean’s cousins have kickstarted efforts for this year with a £500 donation.

Thanks very much to The Examiner for offering to keep the community posted of coming events.