Barry Flynn is Clara person of the year

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Barry Flynn is Clara person of the year thumbnailBarry Flynn

BARRY FLYNN has been named Clara Person of the Year in recognition of his wonderful contribution to the town.
At a special event organised by Clara Town band in Clara GAA centre, Mr Flynn was presented with a plaque and a piece of crystal.
Barry Flynn first became involved in charity work in 1979, when, as a student in Ard Scoil Chiarain, he, along with a group of others organised a 24-hour charity disco and indoor football match.
Barry played a significant role in Clara Town AFC in the mid 80s and has been involved with various parades in Clara since 1989.
His contribution to numerous other local community groups was also recognised at the event. These include the swimming pool, parents associations, St Patrick's Day parades, The Clara Town Plan and the highly successful Scare in the Square on Halloween night.
Barry who works as a Paramedic also set up and maintains the local defibrillator group and trains local people including secondary school students in CPR.
Barry along with other paramedics, voluntarily respond to life threatening emergencies in the community.
In addition, he played a key role in forming a committee to fight the closure of the local fire station in 2005. The committee, together with local representatives and the community were successful in averting the closure.
Barry's family have taken after their dad and along with him help organise the annual party for those with special needs. In addition the family arrange the Ceremony of Remembrance in Clara each year.
Over the years Barry has been the MC or DJ at hundreds of local community or charity event.
He also worked in Midlands 103 for a long number of years and was News Editor before he left to take up work as a paramedic.
Well known personality Berite McMahon has sent his congratulations to Barry and said it was ''well deserved.''
Mr McMahon said Barry is always strong on getting young people involved in events. ''His one big ambition is to get young people to come along and join in with St Patrick's Day and other events,'' concluded Bertie.


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