Lar O’Byrne, Irish footballer, Died at 91


Lar O’Byrne was born on August 10, 1924, and died on November 5, 2015, he was an Irish football player.

After playing for junior side CY Ringsend, Lar joined Shamrock Rovers F.C. in 1946 under Bob Fullam and was later managed by Jimmy Dunne.

In 1951, O’Byrne fell out with the then owners the Cunninghams over wages and left for Drumcondra F.C.. He retired from the game in 1960.

O’Byrne won one senior cap for the Republic of Ireland on the 24th of April 1949 in a 2–0 friendly loss against Belgium at Dalymount Park.

He represented the League of Ireland XI 4 times while at the Glenmalure Park in 1949.

A relation of former Hoop Johnny Fullam, Johnny’s mother is O’Byrne half sister.

His cousin Kevin Martin boxed for Ireland at the 1948 Summer Olympics and the 1952 Summer Olympics.

On Friday 10 April 2009, O’Byrne was honoured at Tallaght Stadium with a reception and he was presented with a Dublin Crystal memento of his time with the Club.

As of September 2012 O’Byrne was Rovers’ oldest surviving player.

O’Byrne passed away at age 91 in November 2015.