Leitrim GAA is greatly saddened to learn of the sudden and untimely death of Liam Flynn, Firhouse, Tallaght and formerly of Killarkin, Kiltoghert, County Leitrim. Liam is a former St Mary’s, Kiltoghert and Leitrim player who graced the field at all levels. He first came to notice as an Under 16 Player of note and in 1975 when Leitrim captured the first of its three Fr. Manning Cup titles Liam was the team leader as captain. In the same year, he was awarded the County Youth Player of the Year Award. What is remarkable by comparison with the current era, is that he played wing forward in his club’s 1975 SFC Final encounter with eventual champions, Ballinamore Sean O’ Heslin’s, while still Under 16. Two years later, while still a Minor he was part of the historic Leitrim Under 21 Panel that captured the county’s first-ever Connacht Under 21 Championship. He was a starting player in the Connacht Final victory over Roscommon and joined the action as a second-half substitute in the All-Ireland semi-final versus Kerry. This particular group of players has been recognised both locally and indeed beyond our borders as the finest group of assembled players to ever represent the county at the underage level, running a star-studded Kerry selection to a mere 5 points after a thrilling encounter. Incidentally, he was joined on that panel by his brother Michael who lined out at corner back. He also captained the Leitrim Minor team in 1977 which was defeated by Mayo in the Connacht Final. He later went on to represent the County at Senior level. Liam had a stellar club career with his native St. Mary’s Kiltoghert and also played in the 1977 and 1983 County SFC Final defeats to Glencar/Manorhamilton and Aughawillan respectively.
Leitrim GAA offers its sincerest sympathies to his wife Marie, sons William and Sean and daughter Karen, his mother Elizabeth Flynn, brothers Michael, Pascal and Gary, sisters Kathleen, Theresa, Pauline, Betty and Deirdre, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, and all extended family, neighbours and friends. Liam will be laid to rest on Saturday.