Accuracy, courtesy and diligence marked Paddy Flynn’s tenure as PRO of his beloved Cordal GAA Club. And in that alone he is remarkable.
But he always was. It is no surprise at all to me that Paddy makes the odd appearance on Ireland’s long running urban soap opera ‘Fair City’ on RTÉ.
As a child he was always involved in speech and drama classes during summer holidays and could always be depended upon to give a good account of himself.
His club reports were a regular feature here on The Maine Valley Post during his tenure and I’d like to thank him for that and wish him everything he’d hope for himself and for his future.
We’ll all hear of Paddy Flynn again – of that I’m certain.
As a prelude to his final club report Paddy explains the move:
“This year I have decided to step down as club PRO to focus on my legal studies and my busy career in the hotel trade working for both Killarney Plaza Hotel and Radisson Blu St. Helens along with my occasional appearances on Fair City to the amusement of the community.
It was a Pleasure
I enjoyed my three years as PRO and it was a pleasure working with you all over the years. I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year surrounded by family and friends.
Who knows what the future may hold for me but Cordal GAA Club will always remain an integral part and something I’m proud to be a part of.
I won’t lose my Kerryness up here in the Big Smoke no matter what. We’re the luckiest people in Ireland to hail from the Kingdom and I will always believe that.
God be good to Kerry and my home of Cordal.
The notes will now be sent by the PRO team of Tim O’Donoghue and Paul O’Connor and I wish them the very best of luck.
My Time as PRO
Having spent the last three years as a PRO for Cordal GAA Club, I decided to step down at this year’s AGM. It was three very worthwhile and enjoyable years but with studying Law in UCD and working in the hospitality sector, I felt it was the right time to take a break and focus more on my future career. The experience I gained as a PRO was fantastic and is something, I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
Ambassador of Cordal GAA
I will forever remain an ambassador of Cordal GAA and my beloved County Kerry. My time away from the Kingdom has shown me this from entertaining hotel customers from different GAA strongholds to the conversations I’ve had all over the country about GAA and the Kingdom no matter where I go.
In work and study, I find it amazing how much the experience I gained as a Club PRO has aided me. The people skills, the team spirit, the positivity and culture that surrounds the GAA has been of tremendous benefit to my life and has gone a long way to define my character.
Grateful to Nora and Joan
I am eternally grateful to Nora Fealey and Joan Roche for nominating me those many years ago to become PRO. At the time, I really didn’t think I was worthy of the position, but I made it my goal to contribute as best I could and to learn from everyone in the Club around me. It was like being part of another family, the community at Cordal GAA was so strong and remains as strong as ever.
A Wonderful Mentor
Our Club Secretary Richard O’Donoghue was a wonderful mentor to me and his work and dedication to Cordal GAA is respected throughout the county and further afield. I’d like to thank him for his encouragement and help throughout my time as PRO. I wish him a well-deserved break from Club Secretary after seven years’ in the position.
I’d like to thank all the current and outgoing executive board members, our club Chairman, Maurice Costello, our members and supporters. It was great to have worked with the management and players and seen their success especially the Senior team’s promotion to Division 4 and the Junior B’s success this year.
Jimmy Roche and Tom Wrenn RIP
It was a highlight and privilege to work with the great Jimmy Roche and Tom Wrenn who passed away during my time as PRO. They left such an immense impression on me and taught me how to be a true clubman.
Special thanks to all who helped me with PRO tasks especially to Niall & Sean O’Cíardubháin, Danny Kelliher, Tim O’Donoghue, Richard O’Donoghue and family and to Nora Fealey.
Good Wishes to Successors
I wish Tim O’Donoghue continued success as PRO and commend his work so far. I’d also like to wish Paul O’Connor well as he joins the PRO team as well as to all our new officers.
No doubt I will be supporting Cordal GAA Club wherever I go, and I look forward to seeing the club’s progress in 2019 after another successful AGM. We have strong roots in Cordal GAA and we’ve grown and cultivated something to be proud of. Together we can make it last for our generation and the generations of the future. Keep up the good work and keep the wonderful spirit in Cordal GAA alive.
Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin. Mise, le meas, Paddy Flynn.
Cordal GAA Club AGM 2018
On Friday night, November 23rd the Club held a very successful AGM. There was a strong turnout and it was a night to celebrate the work of the club over the year 2018.
Some new officers have joined the team. Richard O’Donoghue after seven years’ service stepped down and has been replaced by Tom Dennehy. Richard stayed on as a membership officer.
Philip O’Connor stepped down as treasurer after two years’ service and was replaced by Maurice O’Donoghue.
Paddy Flynn stepped down as PRO after three years’ service and was replaced by Paul O’Connor. Many thanks to all the outgoing officers for your hard work and dedication and we wish all new officers and the new executive board continued success for 2019.
The New Board
President: John Griffin; Vice Presidents: Gerry O’Mahony, Neilie McAuliffe, Richie Walsh, Joe Reidy, Ulick Roche, Gerry Coffey, Nora O’Connor, Davy Joe O’Donoghue, John Brosnan, Glountane; Eamon O’Donoghue, Chairman: Maurice Costello; Vice Chairman: Mike O’Sullivan;
Secretary: Tom Dennehy; Assistant Secretary: Mary O’Connor; PRO: Tim O’Donoghue;
Assistant PRO: Paul O’Connor; Co Board: Maurice Costello; East Kerry: Dan O’Donoghue and Domo Ó Ciardubháin; St. Kierans: Jackie Reidy and Eamon John O’Donoghue; Coaching: Sean Óg Ó Ciardubháin; Schools: George O’Connor; Children’s Officer: Enda Moroney; Coiste na nÓg: Denis Collins; Culture / Irish Language / Scór: Aimí Ní Riada; Health & Wellbeing: Melissa O’Callaghan; Membership: Domo, Dan and Richard; Safety and Insurance: Maurice and Siobhan Costello.
October Lotto Results
Huge congratulations are in order for Sheila O’Connor of Glountane on winning the Cordal GAA Club Lotto Jackpot of €6,000.
The lucky winning numbers drawn in Hughes’ Bar were: 3, 7, 26, 31.
Sincere thanks to everybody for playing the Cordal GAA Club Lotto which allows us to continue to improve and provide facilities that all of you and your families can enjoy. Well done and thanks to Micheál Cahill and all who helped him with the October Lotto.
Thanks to Seanie Hughes for looking after us for the draw.
November Lotto Results
No winner of the November Club Lotto. The Lotto numbers drawn were: 6, 17, 18, 31
Lucky Dips of €30 each were won by: Conor O’Brien, Gneeveguilla; Jerry Cronin, Gneeveguilla;
Marc Rocha, Cordal; Donie Coffey, Tullig and Willie Joe Cronin, Gneeveguilla.
Well Done Joe
Thanks to Joe O’Connor and his team for another fantastic lotto. Thanks to everyone out there who supports Cordal Lotto.
Cordal GAA Christmas Lotto
The Christmas Lotto takes place in Hughes Bar on New Year’s Day 2019. There is a growing Lotto Jackpot of €2,200 with extra Lucky Dips for Christmas to be won along with our annual €100 Lotto Sellers’ Prize.
Also remember our Christmas 2017 Annual Tickets have now expired and need to be renewed before our Christmas Draw.
Annual Lotto Ticket – A Great Gift Idea
The Cordal GAA Annual Lotto Ticket is a great Christmas gift and the last few years have seen this since it was introduced so keep it in mind for your loved ones this Christmas.
However you play, the best of luck and a Merry Christmas from Cordal GAA Club!
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