Former journalist and Toyota executive Denis Smyth dies

The late Dennis Smyth.

The deaths came of Denis Smyth of Skryne, the former Meath Chronicle journalist who later ran Toyota Ireland, and Killeen Motor Group.

A member of a prominent Skryne family, Denis was a sports journalist and youth columnist at the Meath Chronicle in the 1960s and 1970s, before moving into public relations with Toyota Ireland.

He rose through the Toyota ranks to become Managing Director of Killeen Motor Group which includes Toyota and Lexus.

When he retired from this position in 2002, he continued in a non-executive role as Vice Chairman of the Killeen Group and as a director of Toyota Ireland and Lexus Ireland.

He was a prominent member of the Royal Tara Golf Club and had played Gaelic football with Skryne as a youth. There had been a tradition of journalism in his mother’s Malin family, and his nephew, footballer Liam Hayes, followed him into the profession.

Husband of Brenda (née Russell of Navan) and father of Russell and John, he passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday. Predeceased by his parents Brian and Emily, his baby sisters Eileen Teresa and Carmel, and his brother Sean, he is also survived by his stepdaughter, Clare; sisters, Mary, Margaret and Emily; brothers, Patrick and Brian; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, parents and his many good neighbors and friends.

He will be laid to rest at Ryan’s Funeral Home, Ashbourne, from 5-7pm tomorrow (Thursday) evening, with a transfer to St Colmcille’s Church, Skryne, for 7.30pm.

A funeral mass will be held in Skryne at 11am on Friday morning.