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posted 6 Apr 2020, 13:22 by Denis Floyd

Comhbhrón:  Members of Newport GAA Club were saddened to hear of the passing of Harry Ryan last week. Current Club President and a long-time officer and worker, Harry was one of the characters of Newport and his jovial nature endeared him to many. His involvement in running Newport Post Office in recent years brought him into contact with a wide range of people and he was never short of a friendly word or witticism. 
A native of Cappamore, Co. Limerick, Harry had the distinction during his youth of hurling in the Limerick Championship with Jimmy ‘Butler’ Coffey and Paddy Creamer. He came to Newport in 1961 and established himself as a building contractor. He quickly became involved with the GAA club, lining out with Newport teams as a sturdy corner back and then as a selector, club officer and dedicated worker. As club treasurer he kept a tight rein on club finances and was renowned for his meticulous attention to detail and for his ‘minding’ of the club hurleys. He guided the construction of the first dressing rooms at Lacken Park. He is probably best remembered for his involvement in the marquees in Newport in the early 1970’s. Tales of his dealings with various Showbands, Cully’s Carnival, Traders with Chip Vans or members of the public that tried to gain free access, became legendary.
Harry also had a long involvement in the greyhound industry and was a familiar sight for many decades walking his dogs on the roads around Newport. 
Harry Ryan received a Sean Ghael award from Tipperary GAA in 2011. 
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