All members of Clondalkin RFC were saddened to learn of the passing of one of the great characters within the club, Past President Chris McGlinn.

McGlinn passed away on Sunday, 24 January, in Tallaght Hospital after a short illness. He was Club President on three occasions 1984/85, 2006/7, and more recently in 2017/18.

He also filled other roles within the club with distinction for over 40 years, including a number of terms as Honorary Secretary.

McGlinn was a Director of the holding company overseeing the correct functioning of the club for many years. Even though he was past his 80th year he was active on the committee up to last season. His energy levels put a lot of younger members to shame.

He lived for many years in Castle Park in Clondalkin, before moving from there to reside in Terenure.

McGlinn was a member of the Institute of Engineers. His career saw him working in the Service to Industry division in ANCO.

McGlinn became associated with Clondalkin RFC in the mid-1970s shortly after the club was founded and soon became a familiar figure supporting the teams on the field and adding to the camaraderie off the pitch.

His musical talents with the accordion and piano both after matches and on tours abroad are legendary.

As McGlinn himself would testify his knowledge of rugby was very basic but he loved the fun aspects of all that went with being a member of the club. He also initiated Christmas Club Pantomimes and not only wrote the script but produced, directed, and acted in most of them.

He, with his wife Tuula, were regular attendees at most rugby internationals in Lansdowne Road over the years and would retire after the game to the Beggars Bush for after-match discussions which could go long into the evenings.

McGlinn will be sadly missed by his wife Tuula and sons Kris and Jonathon and extended family. All our thoughts and prayers go out to them on this sad occasion. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Clondalkin RFC were unable to arrange the traditional Presidential Guard of Honour for deceased Past Presidents but he will be remembered appropriately when circumstances permit.

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