The greyhound racing and coursing community lost a great friend in recent days with the sad passing of Maria Byrne.

Maria was a talented handler and prolific breeder and was responsible for many hugely talented greyhounds through the years.

Hailing from a well-known greyhound family, her father Frank was a control steward and an avid follower of both codes. Her brother Declan continues to be one of the best trainers on these shores and only two years ago captured the Irish Oaks with the Ballymac Beanie.

The majority of Maria’s dogs carried the ‘Dysert’ prefix and there were too many top-class performers to mention but a couple including Dysert Poldark, Dysert Moth and Dysert Davdor come to mind. She also trained the very talented Run On Boy, Bish Bash Bosh and Perilous Guide amongst others.

A popular figure on both on the track and at coursing meetings, she will be sadly missed by so many within the sport and we pass on our sincerest condolences to her sister Noeleen, brothers Eamonn, James and Declan, her extended family and many friends.

May She Rest In Peace. 

Funeral Notice

The death has occurred of Maria Byrne, Ballindysart, Carrick-on-Suir, Waterford. Maria Byrne

Pre-deceased by her parents Frank and Tilly. Deeply regretted by her loving sister Noeleen Doherty and brothers Eamonn, James and Declan, aunts Maura (ma) and Tessy, brother in law Tom Doherty, sisters-in-law Eileen and Gràinne, nieces, nephews Ciara, Kevin, Daniel, Iona and Annie, relatives and friends.

May she rest in Peace.

Reposing at Walsh's Funeral Home, Carrick-on-Suir on Saturday, the 12th March, from 5pm to 6.30pm. Arriving at St Molleran's Church, Carrick beg on Sunday, the 13th March, for Requiem Mass at 11am followed by burial afterwards in Churchtown Cemetery.

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Family flowers only please, donations, if desired, to a charity of your choice.

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