Edward "Ed" Byrne was a contestant in Series 71 and an octochamp in Series 86. He is also an Apterite. In his 1st appearance, he was studying history, politics and Irish language in University College Dublin. As of his 2nd appearance, he was a Civil Servant from Dublin. In addition, although his nameplate read Edward, he was referred to as Ed. Notably, Byrne's appearances in his second run span Anne Robinson's final eight shows as presenter. Byrne will almost certainly return for the finals in December 2022.
Byrne made his debut as a contestant in the near-end of Series 71 in 2014, winning his first game on a crucial conundrum and losing his second game to another crucial. However, he was allowed to return more than 7 and a half years later, in 2022, to compete in Series 86. After years of practising on Apterous and participating in Co-events, Byrne resumed his winning streak with a century over Paul Harcourt. His octochamp pursuit was not halted this time, after winning 8 games without falling below 104. As well as becoming an octochamp on Anne Robinson's final episode against fellow Civil Servant Matt Greer (in which Byrne found back-to-back nine-letter words), he also joined the 900 club, with 969 points to his tally (the 5th highest of all time). He also became the second octochamp in the first 18 episodes of the series, and recorded the then-highest score of 2022, having racked up 143 points in Robinson's last show. Clips of the 7th game of his second run were shown on Celebrity Gogglebox on 15 July.
In 2016, he participated in the Irish Open Scrabble tournament.
In 2020, he appeared on First Dates Ireland on RTÉ 2, and also participated on ZoomDown.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Presenters||Guest||Lex||Max|
|6036||20/11/2014||P||Malcolm Fletcher||74 - 93||Edward Byrne||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Michael Whitehall||Susie Dent||135|
|6037||21/11/2014||P||Edward Byrne||73 - 88||Andrew Avery||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Michael Whitehall||Susie Dent||120|
|7797||04/07/2022||P||Paul Harcourt||50 - 112||Edward Byrne||Anne Robinson||Rachel Riley||Christopher Biggins||Susie Dent||131|
|7798||05/07/2022||P||Edward Byrne||140 - 40||Sarah Booth||Anne Robinson||Rachel Riley||Christopher Biggins||Susie Dent||142|
|7799||06/07/2022||P||Edward Byrne||117 - 42||Daniel Gittins||Anne Robinson||Rachel Riley||Christopher Biggins||Susie Dent||125|
|7800||07/07/2022||P||Edward Byrne||115 - 33||Mark Redmond||Anne Robinson||Rachel Riley||Jenny Ryan||Susie Dent||124|
|7801||08/07/2022||P||Edward Byrne||115 - 51||Lucy Gross||Anne Robinson||Rachel Riley||Jenny Ryan||Susie Dent||131|
|7802||11/07/2022||P||Edward Byrne||104 - 56||Anthony Wilson||Anne Robinson||Rachel Riley||Jenny Ryan||Susie Dent||122|
|7803||12/07/2022||P||Edward Byrne||123 - 14||James Wright||Anne Robinson||Rachel Riley||Jenny Ryan||Susie Dent||132|
|7804||13/07/2022||P||Edward Byrne||143 - 58||Matt Greer||Anne Robinson||Rachel Riley||Jenny Ryan||Susie Dent||145|