Paul Flynn (hurler)
|Irish name||Pól Ó Floinn|
|Position||Left Corner Forward|
17 December 1974 |
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
Paul Flynn (born 17 December 1974) is an Irish retired hurler and soccer player who was best known as a left wing-forward for the Waterford senior team. He joined the team in 1993 and was a regular member of the starting fifteen until his retirement in 2008.
Flynn is Waterford's top championship scorer of all-time. He has won three Munster winners' medals, one National League winners' medal and one All-Star award. He ended up as an All-Ireland runner-up on one occasion.
Flynn won a GUI senior cup medal in 2014 with Tramore in Carton House, Maynooth.
Flynn plays his club hurling with the Ballygunner club in Waterford and has enjoyed much success.
Ballygunner surrendered their club title the following year, but were back in the final again in 1995 to face Mount Sion. Flynn played in a match that finished all square but missed Ballygunner's 3–13 to 1–17 replay victory due to suspension, having been sent off in an under-21 match between the drawn match and the replay. It was the first of three county final victories in-a-row for Ballygunner, defeating Lismore in 1996 and Passage in 1997.
Four club titles in-a-row proved beyond Ballygunner, however, the club bounced back in 1999 with Flynn winning a fifth county championship medal following a five-point defeat of old rivals Mount Sion.
After a defeat by Mount Sion in the championship decider in 2000, Flynn secured a sixth championship medal in 2001 when Ballygunner accounted for Lismore. He later claimed a Munster winners' medal after his club accounted for Blackrock in the provincial final.
After the high of winning the provincial title Ballygunner went on to lose three club championship finals in succession. They broke this unenviable record at the fourth attempt with Flynn winning a seventh county championship medal following a 2–10 to 1–12 defeat of De La Salle.
Ballygunner lost two further finals in succession before Flynn won his eight championship medal in 2009 following a one-point defeat of Lismore after a draw and a replay.
Flynn first came to prominence on the inter-county scene as a member of the Waterford minor and under-21 teams. In 1992 he won a Munster medal in the minor grade following an exciting two-game saga with provincial kingpins Tipperary. Waterford later qualified for the All-Ireland final, however, Galway were far superior on the day and had an easy 1–13 to 2–4 victory.
That same year saw Flynn play a key role with the Waterford under-21 team. He came on as a substitute to win a Munster medal in that grade before later lining out in the All-Ireland final. Offaly provided the opposition on that occasion, however, the game ended in a draw. The replay saw Waterford take the title by 0–12 to 2–3 and Flynn collected a coveted All-Ireland under-21 medal.
Flynn added a second Munster under-21 title to his collection in 1994, however, there would be no further All-Ireland success.
Flynn's performances at underage levels brought him to the attention of the senior selectors and he made his senior debut in the 1993 championship. It was a less than auspicious start to Flynn's hurling career as Waterford were defeated by the minnows of Kerry in the opening round of the Munster championship. It was one of the lowest points in Waterford hurling.
In 1998 Flynn played in his first Munster final in the senior grade. Waterford held All-Ireland champions Clare to a draw in the Munster final, however, the Decies lost the replay. Flynn's side later faced Kilkenny in the All-Ireland semi-final in what would be the county's first appearance in Croke Park since 1963. Kilkenny won by a single point.
In 2002 Waterford emerged from the doldrums by reaching the Munster final once again. Flynn was the game's top scorer as he collected his first Munster winners' medal as Waterford defeated Tipperary by 2–23 to 3–12. It was their first provincial crown in thirty-nine years. Waterford's hurling odyssey came to an end in the All-Ireland semi-final.
After surrendering the Munster title to Cork in 2003, Flynn's side were back in the provincial showpiece for a third successive year in 2004. In one of the greatest games of all-time Waterford defeated Cork in a Munster final for the first time in forty-five years to take the title by 3–16 to 1–21. One of the highlights of a game that had everything was a Flynn goal from a close-in free. An All-Ireland appearance subsequently eluded the team yet again. In spite of this there was some consolation at the end of the year as Flynn won his sole All-Star award.
The following few years proved difficult for Flynn. Waterford crashed out of the early stages of the provincial championship in 2005 and 2006. On both these occasions his team was defeated by Cork in the All-Ireland series.
In 2007 Flynn added a National Hurling League medal to his collection when Waterford defeated Kilkenny by 0–20 to 0–18 in the final. He later claimed a third Munster winners' medal as Waterford defeated Limerick by 3–17 to 1–14 in the provincial decider. While Waterford were viewed as possibly going on and winning the All-Ireland title for the first time in almost half a century, Limerick ambushed Waterford in the All-Ireland semi-final.
2008 began poorly for Waterford as the team lost their opening game to Clare as well as their manager Justin McCarthy. In spite of this poor start Flynn's side reached the All-Ireland final for the first time in forty-five years. Kilkenny provided the opposition and went on to defeat Waterford by 3–30 to 1–13 to claim a third All-Ireland title in-a-row. Following this defeat Flynn brought the curtain down on his inter-county career.
Flynn was also a regular on the Munster team at various times between 1994 and 2000. He won two Railway Cup medals on the field of play in 1994 and 2000, while also claiming a third as a non-playing substitute in 1996.
- Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship (1): 2001
- Waterford Senior Club Hurling Championship (8): 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2009
- Munster Senior Hurling Championship (3): 2002, 2004, 2007
- National Hurling League (1): 2007
- All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Championship (1): 1992
- Munster Under-21 Hurling Championship (2): 1992, 1994
- Munster Minor Hurling Championship (1): 1992
- Inter-provincial Championship (1): 1995, 2000
- All-Stars (1): 2004
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|Waterford Senior Hurling Captain
|Waterford Senior Hurling Captain
|Carlow Under-21 Hurling Manager