Sean Flanagan, Late President of Ballyvaughan-Fanore GAA

It was with great sadness we heard of the passing of Sean Flanagan - Life President of Ballyvaughan/Fanore GAA Club .

Sincerest sympathies to Maura and all the Flanagan family on Sean’s passing. May He Rest in Peace.

Football in Ballyvaughan has been intertwined for decades with the Flanagan family, Sean's son Gerard training the Junior team up to 2019, his grandsons Scion and Joseph currently playing alongside grand nephew's Cormac and John.

It was Sean's and the Flanagan families bestowing the club with rent free access to the Core Field that allowed our club to survive for decades prior to the club gaining a permanent home - Community Field from 1991.

Sean's field at the Core, next door to Kevin Donovan's house was the regular club training grounds during the 1970-1990 period. In recognition of Sean's generosity, he was appointed President of the club in 1979, when tickets were required for Croke Park his name was first on the list.

Club records show that Sean Flanagan was installed as Life-President for the year 1998, in that same year Michael Quinn held the position of vice president.

His long deceased neighbour Michael recalled as retold by Edward O'Loghlen - a famous trilogy of football games between Doolin and Kilfenora during the mid 1930's which were held at the Core field highlighting the long association between football and the Flanagan Family.

"Large numbers of trucks and long-cars arrived from Doolin and Kilfenora to decide the winner of those two earlier replays. Michael noted that the entrance fee to the Core field for those three games was sixpence per adult.

Michael Quinn, Bishops Quarters was club goalkeeper during the 1920's and 1930's. He appears on the club team photograph of 1924

During the early decades of the 1900's, the Flanagan family were central to the distribution service of the Irish postal service as they travelled nightly to Kilcolgan, to collect both letters and packages from the Galway mail coach."

May Sean Rest in Peace.

Edward O'Loghlen, Conor Mahon, Peter Doolin

February 2021

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