‘Any time you met Fran he’d have a smile on his face’

‘Any time you met Fran he’d have a smile on his face’

By Maurice Garvey

CLONDALKIN Tidy Towns are this week mourning the loss of longtime member Francis ‘Fran’ Byrne.

Mr Byrne, a Floraville resident, passed away peacefully at St Luke’s Hospital, Rathgar on April 1.

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Fran Byrne was a member of Clondalkin Tidy Towns

Clondalkin Tidy Towns changed their profile pic on social media to that of Fran, citing “deep sadness” for “the epiphany of a volunteer.”

“Fran was not only a volunteer with Clondalkin Tidy Towns but was ever present in his much loved Floraville estate where he spent countless hours tending the landscaping, maintenance and cleanliness.


He also gave freely of his time to various projects with CTT which date back many years.

“Any time you met Fran he’d have a smile on his face and his passion for Clondalkin would soon surface as quick as you met him.

“It was an honour to have known Fran not only for his voluntary work but also because he was a quiet self-effacing modest gentleman who gave so much so that many could enjoy and appreciate our village.

“Our hearts go out to his wife Betty and Daughter Rachel.”

CTT co-founder Alpha Gassama said Fran “started earlier than anybody”, “never missed a week”, and often cleaned from the Ibis Hotel on Monastery Road, all the way down to the village.

Another member Paul Doran, said he knew Fran from CTT meet ups every Saturday morning. 

“He was a dynamo and the entrance to his home estate Floraville was always kept beautiful,” said Paul.

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