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Sunday 25 September 2016

Hundreds attend funeral of Finbarr Flood

David Kearns

Published 28/07/2016 | 02:30

A mourner holds a picture of Finbarr Flood as his coffin is taken from John’s Lane Church on Thomas Street in Dublin Picture: Gerry Mooney
A mourner holds a picture of Finbarr Flood as his coffin is taken from John’s Lane Church on Thomas Street in Dublin Picture: Gerry Mooney

Emotions ran high as hundreds gathered to pay their respects to former Labour Court chair and managing director of Guinness Brewery, Finbarr Flood. The 77-year-old passed away on Sunday.

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Described as "larger than life" and a man of "fantastic charisma", the Rathfarnham native was laid to rest at Mount Venus Cemetery.

A former professional goalkeeper, Mr Flood also served as a chairman of Shelbourne FC, his former club.

In his homily, Fr Niall Coghlan, whose mother was a close friend of the Flood family, told mourners at St John's Lane church on Thomas Street that with Mr Flood "what you saw was what you got.

"He was a very good ambassador for a God of love and had been a much-loved husband and partner to his late wife Ann."

He is survived by his wife Anne, and children Barry, Suzie. He was predeceased by his daughter Sandra.

Fr Coghlan described Mr Flood as "a biscuit maniac'' and said he was devoted to his grandchildren, Josh and Alex.

The pair brought to the altar symbols of their grandfather's life, including his 2006 book, 'In Full Flood', a pair of goalkeeper's gloves and a copy of 'The Lion King' - the trio's favourite film.

"Many times he joked that he'd had the three best jobs in Ireland," said Brian Hanley during the eulogy.

Attending the Mass was Mr Flood's cousin, broadcaster Gay Byrne and Lt David Lyons, aide-de-camp to President Michael D Higgins.

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