We have opened an online Book of Condolence from dear friend Chris McGlinn who sadly passed way on Sunday 24th January after a short illness.
Due to COVID restrictions the Club is regrettably not in a position to hold the traditional guard of honour, however we will celebrate his life and memory at a later date when it safe to do so.
Chris was a member of our Club since the mid 70’s and has been actively involved since then. He was President three times with the last term in 2017/18 showing that he still had a lot to offer. He has always been an integral part of the inner workings of the Club, sitting on the executive committee until the very end. He received the Presidents award for exceptional service proving his outstanding contribution to Clondalkin RFC.
Chris was at every match possible home or away, you could always spot him on the grounds. Everyone knew and enjoyed the company of Chris. He was particularly good with new members and visitors, making sure to welcome them with his legendary handshake. As a Club we benefited greatly from Chris’s other talents in music and drama. Many nights were had in the club enjoying his wonderful pantos. The pantos helped Chris get to know the newer generation of the Club who will all miss him dearly. Chris had a passion for Rugby and enjoyed going to Lansdowne Road for international matches with his wife Tuula and sons. This often led to the Clubs favourite haunt The Beggars for a pint and post match discussions with all his club friends.
Chris was a long term friend to many members of the club and a friend to our newer generation. He showed his passion and pride for Clondalkin every day and as a Club we will be forever thankful.
May I take this opportunity on behalf of all at Clondalkin RFC to offer our deepest condolences to Tuula and his sons Jonathan and Kristian.