Pat Flynn, a retired Cashel businessman well-known for his involvement in the community, has been named Cashel Person of the Year.
The award, organised by Cashel Lions Club since 1987, is a great honour that can be bestowed on anyone in the community as it identifies and recognises the person who has contributed significantly to the life of the people in Cashel and District during the previous year.
It’s a very coveted award and its popularity is reflected in the number of nominations – seven in all - for this year’s honour.
Pat was nominated by Una O’Donoghue, who saw in him, as she said at the presentation, “a decent human being who was forever contributing in some way to the betterment of the community. He brought humour and pleasantness to his work and there was nobody more deserving of the award.”
Una’s son, Pat, added his reasons why Pat was so deserving. According to him his contribution went back a long way, as a shopkeeper, for his work with Cashel Rugby Club, with Meals on Wheels and latterly for his work with Tidy Towns.
“Pat was at the centre of everything. He was a busy man, always ready to get busier,” he concluded.
Paddy O’Leary stated he knew Pat since the sixties. He remembered him for his work in the Chamber of Commerce. He was highly respected for what he did, which he did quietly and in the background.
Paddy Downey praised Pat's work with the Tidy Towns. He said that he was involved as long ago as the eighties and he remembered him with Ned Thornton planting flowers on the Golden Road, when there were very few people Involved.
The presentation of the award, which took place in Halla na Feile, was made by Cllr Louise McLoughlin. She congratulated Pat on winning the award. She recognised the dedication and passion he brought to the many groups and organisations he contributed to and concluded by saying it was a privilege to present him with his trophy.
Pat was modest in his response. He said he was privileged to be in the company of so many distinguished people, who had received the award before him.
He thanked his nominators, Una and Pat O’Donoghue, and his family for their support
At the beginning of the proceedings Lions President, Marie Gayson, welcomed everyone to the event. She said she was very happy with the choice of Pat for the award.
Marie described Pat as a person who did a huge amount, much of it anonymously, for the benefit of the community and he did it all without any expectation of reward.