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Saturday 10 December 2016

Tributes pour in for former Shelbourne FC chairman

Dr Finbarr Flood Picture: Sportsfile
Dr Finbarr Flood Picture: Sportsfile

Tributes have been paid to former Shelbourne FC player and chairman Dr Finbarr Flood.

Mr Flood (77) played for the Dublin club in the 1950s and 1960s, and later went on to become their chairman.

During his tenure he saw Shelbourne come within 45 minutes of reaching the Champions League in 2003. He eventually stepped down in 2007.

He was previously the chairman of the Labour Court, a position he held from 1998 until his retirement in 2003 and also played a significant role in devising the regeneration programmes for Fatima Mansions and St Michael's Estate.

Mr Flood died on Monday at the Beacon Hospital, surrounded by his family.

Saddened

FAI chief executive John Delaney said he was "greatly saddened" to hear of Finbarr Flood's passing, who he described as "a tremendous servant to Irish football and Shelbourne FC in particular".

"I dealt with Finbarr on many occasions and always found him to be a passionate and knowledgeable football man. His achievements in and out of the game were extraordinary and he'll be very sadly missed," he said.

"We will pay tribute to him at the Oman game next month and I pass on the condolences of the FAI to Finbarr's family and relatives."

Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor also paid tribute to the late footballer, whose funeral will take place at John's Lane Church on Thomas Street at 10am tomorrow.

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