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The Amiable Stalwart from Kilmacrane

posted 1 Sep 2015, 11:49 by BanteerLyre GAA

In the annals of the GAA few members have given such a long  & dedicated service as Timmy Moynihan. The amiable stalwart from Kilmacrane passed away on May 23rd. following a short illness.

Timmy was a prominent member of Lyre and Banteer clubs from 1958 up to the time of his death.During that time he first served as treasurer to the fledgling Lyre Club in ’58 and was also a member of the playing panel that year and many years thereafter. Following his playing career he was a selector  in the Lyre Club in the late 60’s and early 70’s. His involvement continued unabated and in 1984 became Secretary of Banteer/Lyre GAA , a position he would hold unopposed until 2002. His period as Secretary predated the Computer age and we all fondly remember him at the AGM’s with his jotter when he gave a full account of the activities of the previous year and always announced that he would be stepping down at the AGM. This was never accepted by the membership as he had the ideal qualities to do his work quietly and would never become embroiled in personality clashes or divisive tactics. The Club came first and he would always find a compromise to preserve its integrity.

Aside from his involvement in the GAA he spent most of his working life with James A Barry’s Cash and Carry Business when it grew from its modest  beginnings in Banteer to a National player in the grocery business. In 1969 he married Rita ( O’Donoughue) and they had five children – Joe,Raymond ,Denis and daughters Emma and Shella. In the true spirit of the GAA, his family continue to play an active role in the activities of the Club.It should also be noted that his brother  Eddie (RIP) played for Kanturk(minor) and Lyre and his younger brother Denis was a constant at midfield for the Lyre team in the late 60’s and 70’s.

The large attendance at his Funeral bore testimony to the value he had given to his Club and indeed the wider Community in the Banteer /Lyre area. The era of the jotter is well gone but Timmy’s memory will live long ,not just for his heartbroken family ,but for all of us who knew him and appreciated his company.

Thar Ceann Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Bántír & Ladhar is mian linn ár gcómhbhrón  a thairiscint dá bhean-chéile Rita,dá hIthíonacha Emma & Shella , dá chlann mhic Joe,Raymond & Denis agus dá dheartháir Donnchadh. Cailleadh é ró luath ach beidh sé in ár gcuimhne go deo as ucht a gníomhartha cinéalta.

                                              ‘ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílís’