Fr Eamonn Byrne, ssc, R.I.P.
Fr Eamonn Byrne died in St Columban's Nursing Home, Dalgan Park, on 12 December 2015. Born in Crumlin, Dublin on 23 July 1929, he was educated at Rialto NS, and Synge St CBS, Dublin, and came to Dalgan in 1947. He was ordained priest on 21 December 1953. Appointed to the Philippines he was assigned to the Parish of Labrador, Pangasinan for three years.
From 1957 to 1964 he was Chaplain at University of the East, Manila, and later at Far Eastern University, Manila. He spent periods as Director of Student Catholic Action in Manila, and many years later, in retirement, he published a history of that dynamic movement under the title, "Columbans in Student Catholic Action, Philippines 1937-2007."
In 1974, for three years he worked to develop the Columban apostolate to the Filipino community in the USA. Then, it was back to
Pangasinan, to the Parishes of Lingayen, Naguelguel, Labrador and Sual until 1988. Subsequently he served for six years as Director of
Vocations in Luzon, and a further six years on Mission Awareness in that area. His last appointment in the Philippines was to the Parish of
Malate, Manila, where he served from 2000 to 2007, when he returned to the Retirement Home at St Columban's, Navan.
A man of great charm and good-humour, he was a popular pastor and worked very well with young people. As long as his health permitted, he was an enthusiastic member of the retired Columbans in Dalgan, ever willing to lend his support and encouragement to any new
May he rest in peace.
Fr Eamonn F. Byrne