Funeral details confirmed for tragic councillor and homeless activist Anthony Flynn
The 34-year-old’s body was found at a house in East Wall on Wednesday afternoon
The funeral details for charity founder and councillor Anthony Flynn have been confirmed.
The 34-year-old’s body was found at a house in East Wall on Wednesday afternoon.
Those who knew him well devastated at the news of the north inner-city councillor who did untold work for the area.
The Dublin Central Councillor was best known as the CEO and co-founder of Dublin homeless organisation Inner City Helping Homeless, as well as being one of the most outspoken advocates for the homeless in the city.
Cllr Flynn was elected to the Council in the North Inner City ward in 2019.
His funeral arrangements were confirmed today, with mass taking place on Tuesday morning, August 24, at 10.30 am in The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes on Sean McDermott Street.
“Anthony will be deeply missed by his heartbroken mother, sisters, brothers in law, nephews, nieces, step dad Damien, step sisters Michelle, Tammy and Gemma, nanny Lolo, uncles (especially Greg, who guided him and who he looked up to like a father), aunts, cousins, extended family, a wide and large circle of friends, his colleagues in ICHH, all those he helped through homeless services and Dublin City Council. May His Gentle and Caring Soul Rest In Eternal Peace
“Due to the recent government guidelines regarding public gatherings, a private funeral service will be held on Tuesday morning at 10.30 am in The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Sean McDermott St, for family and close friends (with a limit of 50 persons) followed by burial in Dardistown Cemetery.
“Donations, if desired, to The Capuchin Day Centre. To donate please click here .
“To view Anthony’s Funeral Service please CLICK HERE on Tuesday morning at 10.30 am.
“Following Anthony’s funeral mass his funeral cortège will follow the route past Lloyds Bar and the office of ICHH. Neighbours and friends are welcome to line this route in a socially distance manner.”
One friend has shared one of the last videos of the Inner City Helping Homeless co-founder which shows how he enjoyed his down time away from duties.
The video shared shows Councillor Flynn taking part in Karaoke at a local pub singing the song “Something Inside So Strong”.
The close pal said: “This is the friend i knew and he believed every word of this song. Rest easy my friend you were an earth angel, we will give the best send off I promise.”
Northside locals have organised a lighting of lanterns in honour of Anthony Flynn outside his ICHH offices at 68 Amiens street on Friday August 20 at 7pm.
The chairman of Inner City Helping Homeless has committed to continuing their “necessary work” after the tragic death of co-founder Anthony Flynn.
In a letter to staff and volunteers, chairman David Hall said that Mr Flynn fought all his life to give homeless people “a voice and a home”.
“This tragic loss is a source of deep shock to all of us at ICHH,” the letter reads.
“I wish to express my personal sadness and deepest condolences to his family and friends at his passing and I am sure that you are all experiencing the same deep sense of sadness and loss.
“Anthony was a person who passionately cared about the plight of the homeless and fought to give them a voice and a home.
“As one of the founders of ICHH, he turned that belief into action.
“Anthony’s passing is a tragedy and we are all joined in expressing our condolences to Anthony’s family, friends and colleagues.
“ICHH is committed to continuing the necessary work begun by Anthony.”
Heartbreaking tributes flowed in for Mr Flynn after news broke of the death of the Dublin City Councillor and homeless activist.
Lloyds Bar in the North Inner City, which is connected to the Flynn family, said he will be “missed by all”.
They wrote: “Well what can I say. Broken hearted. You had [a] heart of gold. You will be missed by all. Fly high my son, my nephew.”
Locals in the inner city hailed him as a “gentleman” and a “great friend”.
One said: “My condolences to all his family and large circle of friends. He will be greatly missed. He helped so many people. RIP Anto. A gentleman.”
Another wrote: “Absolutely heartbreaking can not stop thinking of him and all his family, so sorry for your loss, he was a gentleman.”
And a third said: “Very hard to believe, so sad. The people of the inner city have lost a great friend. May he rest in peace. Deepest sympathies to his family.”