Anthony Flannery RIP
It was with great sadness that we heard of the sudden passing of Anthony Flannery on 4th October 2023. Anthony was a stalwart member of the rugby club over many years having left Terenure College school in 1970 where he had a distinguished sporting career.
Anthony was an outstanding schoolboy rugby player and athlete. He starred on the right wing on the Terenure College schools Junior Cup winning team of 1967 and was a member of the school’s senior cup teams in 1969 and 1970 representing Leinster schools at interprovincial level in 1970. On joining the rugby club Anthony played at junior and senior levels winning a number of medals before serving as a very astute selector. Along with his brothers Ray, Gerry and Kevin he gave long and distinguished service to his club as did his sons Joe and John and the family tradition continued with his nephews James Matthews, David Dalton and Mark, Richard, Kevin and Stephen O’Neill going on to represent his club with distinction.
It was as an athlete that Anthony was singularly talented winning the Leinster Schools and All Ireland Intermediate 100 yards titles in 1968. He followed that in 1969 by winning the Leinster and All Ireland Schools Senior titles at 100 yards. In 1970 he repeated this achievement as well as winning the Leinster Schools Senior title at 200m. 1970 was the first time the two sprint events were held over the 100m and 200m distances. The record Anthony set in 1970 in the 100m at 10.7 seconds stood unbeaten for 43 years.
In retirement Anthony was a great supporter of the club and attended all the AIL matches. His other interests included Bridge where he made up for ability with charm and wit. Always the best of company he will be sadly missed by his wide circle of friends. RIP to his wife Anne, sons Joe and John, daughter Elaine, daughters in law Victoria and Suzanne, his grandchildren Rachel, Ella, Alexander Esme and Lily and brothers and sisters Colette, Ray, Miriam, Margaret, Gerry, Lizzie and Kevin and their families.
Ar dheis de a h-anam.