Why was the fund set up?
Harry Byrne who sadly passed in 2014, was a former board member at The Community Foundation for Ireland. He retired from Guinness Ireland as Assistant Managing Director in 1996. Harry’s daughter, Alison, tragically died in her thirties. She had worked as a doctor and Harry, having seen first-hand, through his work with our board, the important contribution the income from the endowment fund makes for so many community groups, was inspired to set up a named fund in his daughters memory by giving in memoriam.
“As a former Director of The Community Foundation for Ireland, I see the important contribution the income from the endowment fund makes for so many community groups throughout the country and this inspired me to set up the Alison Byrne Fund.”
What impact has the fund had?
The Dr Alison Byrne Fund supports medical related projects throughout the country. Beneficiaries to date have included The Alzheimer Society Of Ireland – to help fund social outings for those with Alzheimer’s and their careers, Bray Cancer Support and Information Centre – to fund the purchase of equipment and the Irish Heart Foundation for CPR training for transition year students.