Tributes paid following the death of popular Offaly auctioneer

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Tributes have been paid today following the death of Offaly auctioneer Donal Byrne after an illness.

The Edenderry auctioneer died peacefully on Thursday at his home surrounded by his loving family. He is deeply regretted by his loving wife and best friend Mary, and sadly missed by his daughters Donna & her partner William, Alison & her husband Aidan, Marisa & her partner Richie, grandchildren Dylan, Leah and Róisín, brothers Joseph, Eugene & Dermot, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

 Tributes have been flooding in after news of Donal's death emerged, including from his beloved Edenderry Rugby Club . In a statement, the club said:

"We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Donal Byrne (RIP). Donal was on our 1983 Towns Cup winning team and has been a fantastic clubman for over 40 years including serving as Club Chairman, Club Captain, International Ticket Secretary and as a referee for many years."

"We send our deepest condolences to Donal’s wife Mary, his daughters Donna, Alison and Marisa, his brothers Joseph, Eugene and Dermot, all his extended family and many close friends."

As a mark of respect for Donal, the club will be closed tomorrow and Saturday, while they will also form a Guard of Honour from Larkins Funeral Home (12:15pm) to St. Mary’s Church on Saturday.

Elsewhere locally, Donal has been described as a "true gentleman." Joanne McGrath said, "We only bought our house off him in December. He was a lovely man, thinking of his family at this sad time."

Fidelma Mahon said today marked "the passing of a good man" and offered "sincere sympathies to Mary and family." Ailís Ennis added, "deepest sympathy to Mary, Donna, Alison and Marisa, and of course his precious grandchildren. May Donal rest in peace, a true gent."

Funeral Details

Reposing at his home on Friday from 2pm - 8pm with Rosary at 8pm. Funeral Mass on Saturday at 1pm in St. Mary's Church, Edenderry followed by burial in St. Mary's Cemetery. House Private on Saturday Morning Please. Eircode R45WD32.