Tributes flow for retired Déise ‘legend’ Flynn

TRIBUTES were paid last night to Paul Flynn on his retirement from inter-county hurling. Waterford chairman Pat Flynn described the 34-year-old Ballygunner man as ‘a Waterford hurling legend.’

He added: “We all owe Paul Flynn a huge debt of gratitude. I wish him well for the future. He deserves nothing less.”

Flynn was a teenage sensation with De La Salle College and Ballygunner, and was a central figure in Waterford’s Munster MHC title success in 1992 — their first in 44 years. He was then drafted into the U-21 team that year and went on to win his one and only All-Ireland title.

Though the county senior side were in a barren trophy spell, Flynn was one of the game’s most exciting talents, and potent attackers throughout the nineties.

He, and the county, finally made the breakthrough under Justin McCarthy when winning the Munster championship in 2002 after a gap of 39 years, and he went on to win two more provincial titles and a National League.

He won the first of his seven county senior championship medals with Ballygunner in 1992, with the last of them being won at De La Salle’s expense in 2005.

He also won a Munster club medal but failed in the club’s bid to go on and win the All-Ireland title.

“It’s just time,” Flynn told The Sunday Tribune. “I’ve given what I can and it’s time to move on now.”

Meanwhile Waterford GAA chiefs face more fixture headaches after three championship clashes were called off due to the weather on Saturday.

The SFC quarter-finals between the Nire and Ardmore at Cappoquin along with the Ardmore meeting of Clashmore and Brickey Rangers were postponed while the IHC final between Ring and St. Mollerans of Carrickbeg at Fraher Field, Dungarvan was abandoned after 15 minutes with the game scoreless.

The game has been re-fixed for Saturday at the same venue (2pm).

The winners were due to play Cork representatives Blarney in the Munster IHC semi-final but provincial chiefs have vowed they will reschedule the game to accommodate the Waterford side.

“That’s certainly good news not just for the clubs themselves but for the county board too,” said secretary John O’Leary. “Already we have been ruled out of the Munster club senior football championship because our own domestic one hasn’t been completed, and that disaster would have been compounded even more if we found ourselves out of a second provincial campaign.”

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