James Byrne
 

 

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James Byrne died 1913

He was a trade unionist who was arrested during the 1913 lock-out in Dublin. He went on hunger and thirst strike and was released within days. However the damage to his system was already done and he died shortly afterwards. Over 3,000 people attended the funeral and the oration was given by James Connolly from the top of a carriage, so great was the crowd. he told them that Byrne had died for Ireland just as surely as the martyrs of old had done.

In early 2000 the ITGWU searched out the grave in order to erect a gravestone. They came across the original gravestone and it was cleaned and put back on the grave.