PRESIDENT – Derek Byrne B.A. (hons), M.Phil., M.Sc., CLJ,CR, FINS., O’ Byrne of Downes – Guardian of the Name, Commander in the Order of Saint Lazarus, Medal of Merit Royal Georgian Order, Companion of the Raven, Fellow of the International Napoleonic Society, Medal of Honour of the International Napoleonic Society.
Born in Dublin in 1965, Derek was educated at Dublin City University, Oxford University and Trinity College Dublin. He is an avid collector of contemporary and modern Irish art. Derek is an academic and journalist who lives and works in Dublin. He is a founding member and President of The Napoleon Society of Ireland. Derek is the official representative in Ireland of Lt.-Col. Charles Artaud Byrne “best claim hereditary Chief” of Gabhal Raghnaill.
Derek represents the Cloncurry and Kilcock line of the Byrne Clan which current evidence suggests, descend from the Byrnes of Clonmore Castle and Cahir, last Chief of the O’Byrnes of Downes. The family boast links to Myles Byrne of Monaseed and have an ancestor (James Byrne) who was executed with Robert Emmet in 1803, thus the Napoleonic interest.
Derek is also a member of the Alter Server’s Guild at Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin where one of his ancestors on his mother’s side, the Rt. Hon. Francis Agard is buried in the south trancept in the chapel of St. Lawrence O’Toole, Patron Saint of Clan O’Byrne.
Derek is currently studying for a Doctorate in Higher and Adult Education at NUI Maynooth. A comprehensive history of Derek’s family line is included in volume 3 of The Byrnes and The O’Byrnes.| email Derek.
PATRON - Lt.-Col. Charles Artaud Byrne, The O’Byrne of Gabhal Raghnaill (best claim hereditary Chief), CCR.
Charles Artaud Byrne, Chief Companion of the Raven, was educated at U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York, U.S.A. and graduated with a Master of Science (M.Sc.). His Military Career has seen him fight in the Korean War in 1951 for which he was decorated with the Bronze Star. He has also been decorated with the award of Navy Commendation Medal. He gained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the service of the U.S. Air Force and was decorated with the award of Air Medal. Charles also saw military action in the Korean War in 1969 to 1970 and was decorated with the award of Distinguished Flying Cross (D.F.C.). Charles lives in Newport, Rhode Island, U.S.A. with his wife Sylvia. He has two sons, Myles and David and a daughter Leslie. He is the Author of ‘Ranelagh – The Irish Warlord’ and the sequel ‘Tomorrow’s Skies’ is due for release later in 2011.
Lt.-Col. Charles Artaud Byrne, CCR.
Vice-President and International Representative – The Reverend William David Byrne, CR.
After many years working in the glamour of the entertainment promotions and fashion industries in London, David, as he is known to his friends, embraced an entirely new way of life by becoming a Roman Catholic Priest. Having completed Philosophy and Theology Studies at the Jesuit Institute at Miltown Park, Ranalagh in Dublin, he transferred to the Saint Michael’s College Master of Divinities Programme at the University of Toronto. David was ordained on the 2nd of July 1988 at the Church of Our Lady of Mercy in Artane, Dublin where he spent his formative years. He is a member of the presbyterate of the Diocese of Saint Catharine’s, Ontario in Canada. David holds both Irish and Canadian Citizenship and is a permanent resident of the United States where he now works as a chaplain for the Mayo Clinic hospitals in Rochester, Minnesota. David is a descendant of the Byrnes of Carnew, Co. Wicklow and manages to get home to Ireland about three or four times a year. His personal interests are in the theatre, ballet and Irish dancing. Email – email@example.com
Hon. Vice-President - Eric Byrne TD, CR.
Eric has been a public representative since 1985, when he was first elected to Dublin City Council. Since then, he has been re-elected to the Dail (Irish Parliament) on three separate occasions serving as a T.D. (Member of Parliament) from 1989 to 1992 and again from 1994 to 1997. He was re-elected to the 31st Dail on in February 2011 when he topped the poll. Eric was elected Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin in July 2001 and has committed himself to “representing those Dubliners whose voices have previously gone unheard”. Eric Byrne is known as an activist politician. He spearheaded the campaign to rid Dublin of gaming machines, and more recently succeeded in having Dublin declared a Fair Trade Capitol.
Eric has put his commitment to international solidarity into action, having served under the auspices of the OSCE as an International Monitor during the 1992 Palestinian Authority elections and in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the 1997 Registration of Electors. In December 2007, he served as a monitor during the Kyrgyz Bepublic pre-term parliamentary elections. In February 2010, Eric was a Short Term Observer for the OSCE/ODIHR in the Ukraine Presidential Election. He is also a member of the Dail committee for Foreign Affairs and Trade (June 2011). He lives in Dublin with his wife and two daughters.
Eric Byrne TD, CR.
Hon. Vice-President: Jean Byrne.
Educated at Trinity College in Dublin where she obtained a degree in Mathmatical Science, Jean is a Meteorologist in Met Eireann and part of her job involves the preparation and presentation of the weather forcasts for RTE television and radio.
Born in Tarbert in Co. Kerry, Jean now lives in Dublin City where she enjoys hobbies and interestes which include reading, walking, art and music. Although known for her individual fashion sense, Jean is also a keen animal lover and likes nothing more than visiting art galleries and shopping.
Secretary/Treasurer – Edward Byrne Snr.
Edward (Ned), lives in Dublin with his wife Phyllis and manages his own transport business. Born in 1943, in one of his grandfather’s cottages just off Church Street in Dublin, Ned has been a keen golfer for most of his life but his main passion and area of speciality is Napoleon and the Napoleonic wars.
Researcher – Edward Byrne Jnr., CR.
Edward lives in Dublin where he operates his own transport company delivering throughout Kildare and Meath. As a young man Edward represented Ireland when, in 1984, he played for the National football team Under 16′s. He is an avid researcher and is planning to embark on formal studies in genealogy. Edward has contributed to Volume 3 of The Byrnes and The O Byrnes | email Edward.
Phyllis Burke, CR. Phyllis is the highly acclaimed author of the novels Atomic Candy, Gender Shock and the memoir Family Values: Two Moms and Their Son. Phyllis is also known as a social activist particularly on issues related to the gay and lesbian movement not only in the United States but world wide.
Phyllis was granted Irish citizenship in 2003 and visited her mother’s ancestoral home in Salthill, Galway in the Summer of that year. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her partner Lynn and their son Jesse. Her Godfather, William Joseph Byrne Jr. of Massachusetts descended from the Byrnes of Co.Wicklow in Ireland.
Phyllis Burke CR
Patsy lives in Brisbane, Australia where she works as a portrait artist. She is a descendant of the famous Hugh “Vesty” Byrne. Patsy and her extended family in Australia have been hard at work researching their family tree and their connections to the 1798 rebellion.
O’Broin Oige, International Youth Co-ordinator
Xander Byrne – Xander is the second generation of his family to live in Spain. His family left Rathnew in Wicklow in the early part of the 2oth century and the family spent time in London bofore moving to Spain. Today Xander lives and works in the provence of Andalucia in the South of Spain. He is very interested in his Byrne heritage and is now the official representative of Clan O’Byrne of Leinster in Spain.
For further details go to O’Broin Oige in our “Related Projects” section.