Sunday 23 October 2016

Liberties Festival to set up bursary in honour of Herald legend George Byrne

George Byrne
George Byrne

The annual Liberties Festival has announced details of a bursary named after the late Herald journalist George Byrne.

The George Byrne Bursary will provide financial assistance to students living in Dublin, particularly those who are pursuing a career in journalism or music.

George died earlier this year, aged 57, after a short illness.

He had a long career in print journalism at the Herald, the Irish Independent and Hot Press magazine and was described as being "one of the most quotable critics in Ireland".

Last month, hundreds of George's family and friends turned up to remember him at a gig in Whelan's called Celebrating George. Something Happens, the band fronted by Newstalk's Tom Dunne, topped the bill on a night filled with performances by bands and musicians eager to pay tribute to the much-loved journalist.

All the money raised from the sold-out gig has gone into setting up the bursary in his name.

George was a proud Liberties man and his family were eager to establish a fund that would help young musicians or writers from the area.


Full details of the new educational bursary will be announced at the festival launch, which takes place tonight at 6pm in St Catherine's Church on Thomas Street.

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the much-loved Liberties Festival, which runs until Saturday and features a range of events, including music, theatre and opera.


For more information, visit www.libertiesfestivaldublin.com.

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