James Byrne is 33 years of age and lives in Kilcock, County Kildare. James has a very supportive family around him; (Mam) Francis, (Dad) Brendan, (Sister) Suzanne, (Brother) David.

James Byrne has been a part of Stewarts Care for 28 years. James began his time in Stewarts in Stewarts Special School at the age of 5. James then transitioned to Mill Lane at the age of 16 where he took part in a further education programme.

James has worked across a wide spectrum of Social Enterprises during his time in Stewarts. Coach House, Rossecourt Restaurant, Café Kaizen & the Sports Centre to name a few. Asked what James enjoyed most about his time working in these areas he said “I enjoyed serving customers, working with staff & talking to people coming in from the public”.

Although James has had a busy time working Monday to Friday he has always found time his love of Sport. Special Olympics has been a huge part of James life. James is a sports fanatic and has been a member of the Athletics, Aquatics, Bowling, Football & Tag Rugby Club throughout the years. James competed in the All Ireland Games in Limerick for Bowling in 2010. James is an active person who engages in activity at least 5 times a week. James current roles in Stewarts involve working in Café Kaizen Monday to Friday from 8:30am-3pm as well as being a member of the Fundraising team for Stewarts. Within his role in Café Kaizen James takes on a whole host of responsibilities such as making wraps & sandwiches, tea/coffee and engaging with customers. James is also part of a 4 person team within the Fundraising Department. James works in the Fundraising office every Tuesday from 1pm to 2:30pm and every Friday morning from 9:30am to 12noon. James hopes to “help raise as much money as I can for Stewarts & to manage lots of events for Fundraising”.

James also sits on the Service User Council of which he is very proud to be a member of. Asked how he manages to find time to do all these things he replied “I just do. I love it”.