Wednesday 17 January 2018

O Riain leaves proud legacy

ONE of the GAA's most famous officials -- PS O Riain of Limerick -- has died at the age of 94.

Better known as Paddy Ryan, from Galbally, O Riain had close to 35 years' service on Central Council and was acknowledged as one of the country's top rule-book experts.

He was made Limerick's Central Council representative in 1975, having previously served on it during his term as Munster Council chairman (1967-71).

During his lengthy administrative service he served on many of the GAA's central sub-committees, as well as the GAA's all-powerful Management Committee, and he was also the long-time chairman of the Munster Players Injury Scheme up until 1996.

O Riain was also a Limerick football selector for 25 years as well as a Munster selector and, in his role as a Central Council delegate (before team coaches were appointed) he managed the 1980 All Stars on their tour to America.

He was the recipient of a special presentation at last year's Congress that was presented to him at his home due to ill-health. He passed away on New Year's Day.

Irish Independent

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