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RIP Former Lord Mayor leads tributes to homeless campaigner and Cllr Anthony Flynn at funeral

Mr Flynn’s stepsister Gemma paid tribute to the deceased with a heartfelt poem.

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Anthony Flynn. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins Dublin

Anthony Flynn. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins Dublin

Anthony Flynn. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins Dublin

The former Lord Mayor of Dublin said that Cllr Anthony Flynn, who was found dead at his home in East Wall last week, had a “heart of pure gold” at his funeral this morning.

Mr Flynn (34), who died in a suspected suicide on Wednesday, was an independent Dublin City councillor and founder of Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH), voluntary charity that provides outreach support to rough sleepers in the city centre area.

Delivering the eulogy at Anthony’s funeral mass today in The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes on Sean McDermott Street, his colleague Cllr Christy Burke, who served as the Lord Mayor of Dublin from 2014-2015, described him as “most generous person you would ever meet.”

“I’ll begin by saying it’s an honour and privilege for me to pay tribute to a very special person, my friend Cllr Anthony Flynn,” he said.

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Councillor Anthony Flynn was a well-known homeless campaigner

Councillor Anthony Flynn was a well-known homeless campaigner

Councillor Anthony Flynn was a well-known homeless campaigner

“We are gathered here today so that together we may acknowledge and share our joy about the gift that his life was and to the pain that his passing brings. In sharing the joy and the pain together today, may we lessen the pain and remember more clearly the joy he brought to our lives.

“Anthony started it all with the founding of the Inner City Helping Homeless. It began by him sitting around a table having an idea which he made a reality.

“He saw and listened and gave with all his heart to so many vulnerable people in our city in Dublin and beyond for which so many people are eternally grateful for today. He gave a voice to people who could not speak.

“A heart of pure gold, he made a mark on this world that will never be erased and with the continued support of his family and friends, his legacy will live on.”

Cllr Burke then described the impact his colleague had on the people he met, dubbing him an “inspiration” and a “hero.”

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He continued: “Anthony was also an independent councillor for Dublin City Council for the North Inner City area for the past two years. He was a tireless worker for his community and his constituency, especially for the weak and vulnerable and went above and beyond for anybody who needed his help.

“He loved to socialise and was the host of so many community events. He knew everybody and everybody knew him for being the selfless, caring, most generous person you would ever meet.

“He was an inspiration and a hero to the younger generation, to all our family, to all his in ICHH and DCC, and to everybody he would meet.

“He left us with so many beautiful memories that we are so grateful for and that we will cherish and treasure for the rest our lives until our paths cross again.

“So, put your hands around him Lord, treasure him with care, for in your possession you have a man beyond compare. RIP Anthony.”

Cllr Burke thanked the current Lord Mayor of Dublin, Alison Gilliland, for being present at Mr Flynn’s funeral.

He also extended his thanks to singer Frances Black for appearing at Mr Flynn’s childhood home on Dorset Street on Sunday where she “sang a beautiful song that would have made stones show ears.”

Mr Flynn’s stepsister Gemma paid tribute to the deceased with a heartfelt poem.

She read: “Anthony, to no longer see your face breaks us every day.

“So suddenly you were taken that we didn’t get to say just how much we love you and that you were our life. The hurt we felt when you passed cut us like a knife.

“We’ll never be complete again, we’ll never be free from this grief, a solid thing deep inside of us. We are in complete despair, we cannot mend what’s broken, our heart beyond repair.

“We’ll smile if we have to but that’s just a mask and we’ll say that we’re okay if people kindly ask.

“We cannot be happy if there’s something that we lack. We’ll never be whole again as we can never get you back.

“Love you always and forever, Anthony,” she concluded to a round of applause.

After the funeral, Anthony was laid to rest with a burial in Dardistown Cemetery.

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