‘A man who always delivered’

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Tributes have been pouring in from the world of Gaelic Games following the death of former GAA President Paddy MacFlynn.

The Laurencetown man passed away last week at the age of 96, and was described as a great servant to the GAA.

In paying homage to the former Gilford Primary School principal, a statement from the Down County Board said that Paddy had still been taking an active role in the organisation, attending the meeting of Coiste Banisti in Down on April 29.

“Indeed at that meeting, which had been called to discuss the proposed Football review within Down, Paddy informed the members that ‘this was a massive job and the County would have to deliver on this task’,” the statement read.

“Profound words indeed from a man who always delivered on the tasks at hand. A man who first came to Down as an administrator back in 1949 and served on East and South Down Boards, was Treasurer of the County Committee from 1955 to 1973 and Central Council and Ulster Council Delegate for many years.

“It was indeed a very proud moment when Paddy was elected Uachtarán of Cumann Luthchleas Gael in 1979. His leadership in that period ensured that the GAA continued to grow and develop as the biggest amateur sporting organisation in this country and beyond.

“We in Down have been privileged to have had a leader like Paddy MacFlynn in our midst, to have worked with him and learned from him has been a wonderful education.

“Paddy was an iconic figure in the world of GAA, a man who had held the top position in our organisation yet was always happiest when meeting and greeting people of all ages at Club and County matches,” added Down Chairman, Seamus Walsh.

“He was a wise counsellor to all inside and outside of meetings and he will be greatly missed by all in Down GAA.”

Current President of the GAA, Liam O’Neill, added, “He was a wise, fatherly figure whose kind presence was noted by so many across all levels of the Association.

“He was keenly involved in our activities right up until the end.

“He was erudite, interesting and intelligent man who will be sorely missed by all of those who came across him, not least his family and wide circle of friends and admirers.”