Johnny Byrne (1926-2023) of Killabban, County Laois

Johnny Byrne (1926-2023) of Killabban, County Laois

Huge thanks to John Glynn for the short video of the late Johnny Byrne which we posted to the Vanishing Ireland Facebook group here.   *****   Born on 5 July 1926, he was the third of five children of Willie Byrne, a blacksmith, and his wife Winnie of...
The Cistercians of Mount St Joseph, Roscrea, County Tipperary

The Cistercians of Mount St Joseph, Roscrea, County Tipperary

The jury is still out as to whether or not the corridors of Mount St Joseph became any noisier after Vatican II. The return of the voice had to be weighed against the ever diminishing number of monks walking through the monastery every passing year. ‘Very few enter...
Alex Findlater (1937-2019) – Dublin Merchant

Alex Findlater (1937-2019) – Dublin Merchant

Alex Findlater, who died at the age of 81 after a riding accident in Jaipur, was one of the most determined, fun-loving, charitable men of his generation. It was in his blood. As chronicled in his immensely readable book, ‘Findlater – The Story of a Dublin Merchant...