New book looks back at former President

A new book will look back at the life and times of former GAA President, Paddy McFlynn.

In ‘Leading Through the Troubles - A Life in the GAA,’ the 95-year-old Tullylish man recounts how the occupation of the Crossmaglen grounds and the H-Block and Hunger Strike crises were high on his agenda as leader of an organisation whose members were affected in a multitude of ways.

He speaks of his time as President of the GAA between 1979 and 1982 and how his experience gained coming through the ranks of the association in Derry and Down left him ideally equipped to lead the GAA through three difficult years.


Mr MacFlynn recounts how the Association could have been split during this period, the pressures of the H-Block crisis and, of course, his many different roles throughout the Association during a lifetime of service.

In an epilogue to the book, former GAA Director General, Liam Mulvihill, said the GAA could not have remained united but for the presence of a ‘northern person of such stature as President.’

The book is available now, retailing at £10. A limited number of hard-back copies are available priced at £20.