Passing of Mr. Des Byrne, former PPU Committee Member

The Westland Row Past Pupils Union committee is saddened to announce the death of former committee member Des Byrne. Des passed away on July 15th. He founded (along with Phelim O’Leary and Graham Wilkinson) the well known market research company Behaviour and Attitudes in 1985. The company thrived and is now amongst the most respected nationally and internationally.

Along with John Cullen and Jim Conway, Des led a series of projects marking the sesquicentennial of the School, in particular most of the historical documents available under the 'Window on the Past' tab for which he did a great deal of deep and scholarly research. Des, John and Jim completed a very significant amount of collaborative work over a short period of time culminating in the very Cuimhneachain text which can be downloaded from the same tab. Des also organised a hugely successful concert in 2015. He was both a colleague and a friend to all committee members.

Des will be hugely missed by all of us who had the honour to make his acquaintance or to know him. Des was awarded the honour of Row Person of the year 2014. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.

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