O'Neill leads tributes to ex-president McFlynn
GAA president Liam O'Neill has led the tributes to former GAA president Paddy McFlynn, who has died at the age of 96.
McFlynn, who served as GAA president from 1979-'82, was a hugely influential figure in the Association at a very difficult time in its history, brought about by the Troubles in the north.
"He was a wise, fatherly figure whose kind presence was noted by so many across all levels of the Association. An erudite, interesting and intelligent man, he will be sorely missed by all of those who came across him," said O'Neill.
Ulster Council President Martin McAviney also joined in the tributes to McFlynn.
"He was in office at a time when the days were difficult, but like all other aspects of Paddy's life, he dealt with the challenge faced by the GAA at the time with courage and courtesy," said McAviney.
A native of Derry, McFlynn was elected county secretary at the age of 23 in 1940. He later moved to Down to take up a teaching position and became immersed in GAA activities in his adopted county.
He moved on to provincial administration and served in a variety of roles before being chosen as president of the Ulster Council 1961. He was elected GAA president as Con Murphy's successor in 1979.
"He was an iconic Ulster and national figure, a GAA giant," said McAviney. "We will miss his wisdom, friendship, advice and leadership."
McFlynn's death comes a week after the publication of his autobiography. He is the second former GAA president to die this year, following the passing of Paddy Buggy last May.