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Saturday 1 October 2016

Hundreds mourn 'fantastic' football man Flood

Gay Byrne was amongst the mourners at the funeral of his cousin, former Labour Court chairman Finbarr Flood.
Gay Byrne was amongst the mourners at the funeral of his cousin, former Labour Court chairman Finbarr Flood.

Emotions ran high as hundreds gathered to pay their respects to former chairman of Shelbourne FC and managing director of Guinness Brewery, Finbarr Flood. The 77-year-old passed away on Sunday.

Described as "larger than life" and as a man of "fantastic charisma", the Rathfarnham native was laid to rest at Mount Venus Cemetery yesterday.

A former professional goalkeeper, the late Mr Flood also served as chairman of the Labour Court.

In his homily Fr Niall Coghlan, whose own mother was a close friend of the Flood family, told mourners at St John's Lane church on Thomas Street that with the 77-year-old "what you saw was what you got".

"He was a very good ambassador for a God of love… and had been a much-loved husband and partner to his late wife Ann.

"They were soulmates and some might say they deserved each other."

Fr Coghlan described Mr Flood as "a biscuit maniac'' and said he was devoted to his grandchildren, Josh and Alex.

The pair brought to the altar symbols of their grandfather's life, including his 2006 book, In Full Flood, a pair of goalkeeper gloves, and a copy of the Lion King - the trio's favourite film.

"Many times he joked that he'd had the three best jobs in Ireland," said Brian Hanley during the eulogy.

Those in attendance included Mr Flood's cousin, broadcaster Gay Byrne and Lt David Lyons, aide-de-camp to President Michael D Higgins.

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