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Patrick J. Tynan dies in the Bon Secours Hospital, Cork on 23 June 2009

On behalf of all his cricketing friends in Cork County and throughout the rest of Ireland we would like to send our sincerest sympthies to Emer and the rest of the Tynan family.

Educated at Belvedere College, where he distingushed himself on the rugby field as well as at cricket, Paddy Tynan was a very good wicket keeper and a hard hitting batsman, generally in the middle order, though his Guinness Cup career also included appearances both as an opener and No 11.

Captaining the Irish Schools – then restricted to an annual match v the Leprechauns – Paddy then his senior cricket in Dublin for Old Belvedere was soon establishing himself as one best glovemen in the country, an Irish cap being blocked by the ever present Ossie Colhoun, whom he once stumped in a Guinness Cup game.

In College Park in 1965, Paddy set a Leinster wicket keeping record, catching six Dublin University batsmen in an innings. The record still stands, though he now shares it with five other keepers. The following season he made 21 dismissals, which put him at the top of the wicket keepers’ table in Leinster senior cricket for the season, though he shared the position with Sean O’Brien of Malahide and Gerry Murphy then with Dublin Unversity and YMCA.

Paddy appeared in 54 Guinnness Cup matches, 12 for North Leinster, and, after moving to Cork, 42 for Munster. Not only did his glovework remain as immaculate as ever, but, having begun next to the roller for the north siders, he ended as one of Munster’s most reliable batsmen, with a highest score of 48 v South Leinster at Rathmines in 1977. He made four dismissals in the innings against his former team-mates at The Mardyke in 1975.

He continued to play for Cork County with distinction for many years leading them to Cup and League success in 1996 and 1998. He remains one of the County’s leading wicket keepers, having made 56 dismissals in 38 matches.

In later years he became a well known, and much appreciated, entertainer of visitors to the Mardyke.

In addition to cricket, he retained his rugby interest , being, for some years, a leading referee.

His death, after a long struggle against cancer, will be widely mourned.

Edward Liddle

One Response to “Patrick J. Tynan dies in the Bon Secours Hospital, Cork on 23 June 2009”

  1. Liam Rooney says:

    An obituary for Paddy written by Edward Liddle can found using the following link: