Community mourns Jim Cronin
The community is mourning the death of respected GAA administrator and historian Jim Cronin.
After serving as a long time delegate to Cork Co. Board representing his native Millstreet for 30 years, Jim progressed to become county PRO in 1994 and vice-chairman between 1997 and '99 before holding the county chairman position from 2000-02.
Renowned as an outstanding GAA historian and archivist, he did much to preserve the history of Gaelic games within and outside the rebel county. His playing career was cut short on picking up an injury yet Jim's contribution to GAA affairs was immense across a wide sphere.
Coming from a farming background in Millstreet, Jim pursued his education, employment and settled in Bishopstown. However, Jim remained close to his native area, representing Millstreet on the county board as delegate from 1964.
Subsequently, either representing Millstreet or Duhallow, Jim maintained an unbroken 30 year of involvement before elevating to PRO in 1994, before progressing Vice Chairman and Chairman in the millennium year 2000.
History became Jim Cronin's forte, his publications becoming invaluable additions to the GAA library at club, county, provincial and national levels. In an era when scripting GAA books wasn't fashionable, it proved a labour of love for Jim, whose works captured the achievements of great players and teams of this proud county.
His endeavours came to fruitition on the release in 1984 of "Millstreet's Green and Gold" followed by "The Munster GAA Story" and "Cork GAA, A History".
On Cork claiming an unique All Ireland Senior Hurling and Football double in 1990, Jim Cronin initiated the concept of a book to celebrate the impending 100 All Ireland triumphs recorded by Cork. And though it took seven years for Cork to gather the elusive century of wins, his painstaking research bore fruition in an enlightening and inspiring publication entitled "A Rebel 100" detailing each one of Cork's All Ireland Championship wins.
He followed up with an updated edition of "The Munster GAA Story" while his "Making Connections' marked Cork's hosting the European Culture capital in 2005.
Jim Cronin was a very helpful and obliging man, always willing to help out individuals or clubs when they were carrying out research or producing histories or programmes.
His involvement leaves behind a very valuable legacy to the GAA, his contribution for the association will serve as a fitting monument to his outstanding dedication and extraordinary work undertaken over many decades.