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Tributes paid to Rock GAA stalwart

The late Tom Flynn

Tributes have been paid to The Rock GAA stalwart Tom Flynn who passed away earlier this week.

He was not only well-known through his long association The Rock GAA club but in the wider local community in Mountmellick and beyond

Originally from Nenagh, Co. Tipperary and a proud Tipperary hurling supporter, The Rock GAA said this did not hinder him in becoming involved with their football club for he was a ‘true Gael’.

A tribute to him on social media outlined the service he gave to the club.

“Tom served in a huge range of roles with The Rock GAA, including chairman, secretary, treasurer, selector, groundsman, and all round mentor within the club, for over 30 years, and was a central part of club activities over all that time,” the club outlined.

“Having overcome serious illness a number of years ago, Tom was an inspiration to all in his positive outlook, and soon became involved again in club activities.

“In recent years, Tom gave more dedicated countless hours of time to maintenance of our club facilities, playing pitches and preparation for club fundraisers and family fun days.

“Tom was a mentor to many over all that time, and his good humour and selflessness was admired by everyone who came in contact with him,” the tribute said.

The Rock GAA club officers and members extended their sympathies to Tom’s wife Stasia, and children John, Deirdre and Conor, brothers and sisters, daughter-in-law Joy, son-in-law Noel, grandkids Daisy and Luke, and extended family at this sad time.

Respect

A Halloween event in aid of local charities has been cancelled as a mark of respect.

Tributes paid to Mr Flynn described him as “an absolute gentleman” and a “constant presence” in the club.

Reposal is in his home from 2pm today (Thursday).

Funeral will arrive to St. Joseph’s Church, Mountmellick on Friday at 2pm for Requiem Mass, burial afterwards in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

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