Member News: Ray Byrne, Byrne's Butcher is going to Hell and Back

Ray Byrne from Byrne’s Butchers in Sandymount is on a mission to raise some money, can you help him out?

I sat down with Ray to find out a bit more about Ray and his mission.

Ray, tell us a bit about yourself.

I am Raymond Byrne, I am 41, Past pupil of St. Michael’s College. I am a butcher in Sandymount. I am married to Sharon and we have four children together.

Ray, you're a local business owner, can you tell us a bit about the business?

My dad has been a butcher in Sandymount for the last 57 years and I have been back working in the shop full time for the last 10 years.

We pride ourselves on top quality meats. We have won various awards including 2 “Great Taste Awards” for our Sausages.

Unfortunately, my dad was diagnosed with cancer in December 2016 and has taken a back seat while he is undergoing treatment. He is still there to give advice and let me know if I am not doing something right ( his way, of course, haha!)

Ray, you run a couple of great events in Sandymount. Can you tell us about the Summer Sizzle

Last January 2017 my dad suggested that we do a small fundraiser in Sandymount Green for Cancer Research. We normally supported other businesses in the village with their charity fundraisers. But this time dad wanted to do something or a charity close to him. As he was on a Cancer Clinical Trial he wanted to do something for Cancer Research. Tom McCormack and I started organising it in January and within a couple of hours, we realized that we will need a bigger venue. We moved it to Railway Union Rugby Club. We had a gourmet BBQ with Hog Roast, Lamb on Spit, Whiskey Aged Beef. Ireland played The USA in a test match and we had Eoin Reddan as a guest speaker. It was a great day of Music with Paul Harrington (Eurovision winner), Snake Oil and a few more acts and great food.

Ray, you're raising money for cancer research, why is this so important to you?

Both my parents have had and my father is being treated for Cancer. I have had family and friends pass away from the horrible disease. The way we looked at it last year was that if we could raise enough money to save one life then we succeeded.

Ray, you recently joined Bondi Beach Bodies. Why did you join and what are your fitness goals?

I joined 3XB at the end of January because I was looking to try to get back to a level of fitness as I was always active but after injuries, car accidents and working so much I had let myself go.... then I was issued the Challenge of Hell & Back so that has given me a goal to work towards and to get me off my arse to do it.

Lastly, you're doing Hell and Back this year to raise money for cancer research. Can you tell us about the event and what you hope to achieve?

We are doing it on the 16th June. We have 20 signed up so far and hoping to get between 60 and 80 people to do it. If everyone raises a minimum of €300 each and the money we raise from this years Sandymount Summer Sizzle it will help towards our target of €30,000 for CCRT and the Children’s Hospital Cancer Unit.

The link for Registration for Hell & Back is

If you are interested in traing for the Hell and Back you should try the 3XB 6-Week Beach Body Challenge. Early Bird prices starting from €149.00. For more info click here