Lanesboro native, Gerry Flynn, flew the Longford flag with distinction at the Olympics in Rio when he coached the Irish three day eventing team to ninth overall. It was a strong finish but doubtlessly disappointed the very competitive Moydow-based equestrian coach.
The team were in real contention for a medal but a gruelling afternoon on the cross country track took its toll. The role for the Longford man was a major breakthrough as he now enjoys a prominent coaching career following his own glittering showjumping days. As an officer in the Irish Army Equitation show, he featured on several Nations Cup teams over the years and a career defining moment came when he won the prestigious Longines Grand Prix at the RDS in 2007.
Ironically the Lanesboro man almost qualified for the Olympics himself shortly after retiring from the army. At that point he was coaching and still competing in Turkey and almost qualified for the Olympics on the Turkey card.
His role in Rio is another chapter in the glorious sporting annals for the Flynn family. This year is also the 50th anniversary of Longford winning the 1966 National Football League, when his father, Seamus, the former Clonguish and Rathcline stalwart, featured prominently in the county’s only national title at senior level.