Lar Byrne
(1928 - 2009)

Lar Byrne

December 29, 1928

February 3, 2009

Guest Book
seldom a day goes bye that i dont think of lar.I am so proud to to have known him ,So lucky to have had him as a friend .We will meet again my friend
Richard Mulligan
October 27th, 2010
“The All-Ireland Schools Track and Field Championships were privileged this year to have introduced the Lar Byrne Memorial Trophy for the Athlete of the Championships in memory of an icon of Irish athletics. This trophy was awarded to the athlete who produced the most outstanding performance the Schools’ All-Ireland Track and Field championships.
The inaugural trophy was presented to Ciara Mageean on 30/05/2009 in Tullamore, for her outstanding performance in setting a new record in the Senior 800m (2:05.38) and also winning the Senior 1500m.
The Lar Byrne Memorial Trophy is a contribution to the Schools’ championships, along with some other events that are being planned to acknowledge the lasting legacy of a much love and missed coach.

Frank Murphy
Frank Murphy (Friend)
June 5th, 2009
I met Lar when he became ill here in Portugal in september 2007.When his friend Frank had to return home and Lar was still in hospital I visited him every day.He was fantastic company and he told me lots of stories about the athletics and his work at Guiness.He did recover enough to come for another holiday last year abnd we had a barbi with Madeline and Frank,I have never had a hang over like it,but I remember him saying the poem that Frank said at his funeral and I will never forget it.
I anly knew Lar for a short time but he was truely a wonderful man.I believe he has gone to a better place and may god bless him.
Helen Sedman (Friend)
March 25th, 2009
What a person what a life and a great friend with memories of santry,prague & limerick never to forget. may he rest in peace
noel spellacy (friend)
March 18th, 2009
He inspired many a young athletes growing up during this time. His life and legacy and love of sport will be remembered forever. Rest in peace my friend.
Ted Macaulay (fan)
March 16th, 2009
I met Lar O' about 1975 at one of the many coaching courses held in Gormanstown in that era. His enthusiasm had a great impact on a young aspiring athlete. The wisdom he shared was long lasting and will never be forgotten. I had the pleasure of sharing several athletic trips with Lar to the world cross and also to the world cup marathon in Japan. As the years passed Lar would still send his christmas cards with an enclosed letter trying to keep the athletic dream alive. One of my favourite stories was when I went to see him at his home in the winter of 1986 or there abouts. He picked me up at the train and brought me to his home in the phoenix park. I was about to walk to the front door, when he said something to the effect of "Not so quickly young Fallon (late 20's at the time), when you've achieved something note worthy in athletics you can go in the front door. Now young O'Sullivan (Marcus) can go in there (I think he had just won his first Wannamaker Mile)". Of course it was all in jest. He was a one of a kind and will always be remembered. I'm gald I got to see him at the world cross in 2002 and share some laugh's with him at Richard and Margaret's house that weekend.
Jimmy Fallon (Friend)
March 8th, 2009
Lar Byrne was an equal opportunities coach. If you were serious about running, Laro was generous with his guidance, firm with his advice and always fair with his criticism.

If you lacked a little self-belief - not uncommon in runners – Laro would inspire a quiet confidence. That said, he abhorred any showboating. If a runner was acting the fool in interval training, the offender was quickly treated to an earful from Laro. Repeat offences were rare.

I enjoyed the best period of my running career under his guidance. I first met Laro when I used to ride the train to Dublin from Portlaoise on Tuesday nights in the autumn of 1984. My older brother Paul was a student at St. Pat’s in Drumcondra and, like Anne Keenan-Buckley, we all grew up running for Ballyfin A.C. in Laois and later went on to run for Clonliffe.

Paul introduced me to Laro, and his gregarious nature immediately made me feel at home. The weekly Clonliffe pilgrimage was the first time I trained regularly on a tartan track. I was in awe of Jerry Kiernan, Eugene Curran, Padraig Keane and the like as they circled the track under Laro’s watchful eye.

My athletic career at that time was average. I finished fourth in the Irish Junior 1,500 in 1985 (my brother Paul was second – he cost me a medal) and the same year I moved to Dublin too. Within two years I had realized my dream of a U.S. scholarship. Laro helped me improve from 4:05 to 3:53 at 1,500. No other coach could help me improve to that degree.

I owe a debt of gratitude to Lar Byrne and Clonliffe Harriers. He epitomised the spirit of volunteerism that is far from amateur. Laro brought professional coaching to Ireland even though he wasn’t paid a dime.

Joe Conway (Clonliffe Harriers)
March 6th, 2009
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"Not forgotten and forever grateful. ❤️"
Mick and Mary Jo Byrne
February 20th, 2019
"I bet those debates are getting heated up there now Lar with Padraic joining you all.Always fondly rembered and sadly missed"
richard mulligan
December 7th, 2017
"lar I hope you are having a good chat with jim and frank sr you all are sadly missed"
richard mulligan
January 16th, 2017
"Always in our hearts and prayers."
Una Byrne
January 16th, 2017
"I think of those hill sessions with lar waiting with the stop watch at the top and the chat on the way home .gone but not forgotton"
richard mulligan
February 4th, 2015
"Amazing and one of a kind. Impossible to forget. RIP."
Mick and Mary Jo Byrne
February 3rd, 2015
"Great Man! Six years on and you are still in our thoughts. X Nil Desperandum!"
Margaret Murphy Mulligan
February 3rd, 2015
"Great Man!..6 years on and you are still in our thoughts. X Nil Desperandum!"
Margaret Murphy Mulligan
February 3rd, 2015
"So dearly missed by your sister Una and family, Ballagh, Wicklow.Always in our memories."
Veronica Byrne Campbell
March 20th, 2014
"another year goes bye you are still on our minds and missed forever"
richard mulligan
March 20th, 2014


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