We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

escape to NY

This amazing story about two young Irish lads escaping to New York has taken over Facebook

What a story.

FACEBOOK PAGE RARE Irish Stuff recently posted a story about a couple of Irish boys who ran off to New York, and it’s blowing up the net.

aaa1 Keith Byrne with his mother, Theresa, at Coolock Garda Station, 1985. Rare Irish Stuff, Dermot O'Shea, RTE Rare Irish Stuff, Dermot O'Shea, RTE

The story tells the tale of two Darndale boys in 1985 and their escape to the Big Apple without being detected.

Keith Byrne, 10, and Noel Murray, 13, made headlines when they hopped on a Dart and dodged authorities in three countries to make it to New York.

The post, a retelling of an Irish Times article by Alison Healy, documents the boys’ journey when Keith said he wanted to see his favourite TV star, B A Baracus from the A Team.


When his mammy said ‘don’t go far, your dinner’s nearly ready’, he said he wouldn’t.


The pair got the Dart down as far as Dun Laoghaire and managed to wrangle their way on the ferry to Holyhead, where they managed to sneak on the train to London and on an Air India flight to New York.

image_preview Keith Byrne now. RTE RTE

They only got caught when they left JFK and asked a cop which way was it ‘to town’. The lads made headlines all over the world. Keith Byrne is now 40, Noel is 43, and they both live in Darndale.

Since it was posted yesterday, the amazing story has been liked over 27,000 times, and shared over 11,000, with people commending the lads for their big adventure.




You can listen to the entire Radio 1 documentary here.

Written by Nicola Byrne and posted on

[image alt="" src="" width="600" height="115" credit-url="" credit-source="" credit-via="" credit-via-url="" wp-id="wp-image-2507268" class="alignnone" /end]

Read: The Irish student’s Swedish doppelganger flew to Dublin to meet her >

Read: The little girl in the Cornflakes ad now has a little girl of her own >

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.