Inspirational Joe Flynn Honoured By FAI At Ireland V Switzerland Game Tonight

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Joe Flynn pictured with Leeds United and Ireland legend, Johnny Giles, some years ago.

A TRALEE man, who inspired others with his attitude towards his battle with cancer, will be honoured with a round of applause in the Aviva Stadium at the Republic of Ireland v Switzerland tonight.

Joe Flynn died in mid-January, just five months after being told he had terminal cancer. He wanted to promote awareness of men’s health and went public with his story last November through TraleeToday.ie and then other media outlets, including an interview on RTE’s Ray Darcy Show, where the host got emotional when speaking to Joe.

The Rahoonane resident’s story has reached far and wide especially amongst the soccer community as Joe was such a great player and Leeds United fanatic. The FAI, instigated by John Delaney and others, decided to do something to honour Joe and the match programme for the international tonight features his story.

Joe’s family are also in the Aviva tonight. Twenty-five of them have been given VIP tickets to the game to share in the moment.

“He will be honoured with an appreciation applause and feature in the match programme for his positive attuide during his cancer journey,” said his daughter Bernie Hart, who has to stay behind as she is due to give birth early next week.

“Johnny Giles, the Leeds United legend, was also inspired by dad’s outlook. We’re all so proud that the FAI has supported his story,” said Bernie, who also spoke live to Ray Darcy on the radio today about the honour. Ray said Joe left a lasting impression on him and that he was an extraordinary man.

What a great honour and they can’t clap long enough or hard enough for Joe tonight.

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