Tributes have been paid to former chairman of London’s Offaly Association Peter Hynes, who died at the weekend, from asbestosis, at the royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, aged 81.
Painter decorator Peter left Belmont, Co. Offaly in Ireland for Northampton in 1953 where he became heavily involved in the region’s GAA activities. Two of his three adult children, Christine and Stephen, still live in the area. His other son Patrick lives in Canada.
In 1982 he moved to London and made his home in Hendon where, as a dedicated fan of GAA, he became very active at New Eltham and later at Ruislip. Throughout this time he was always active in the London Offaly Association, so much so he became known as ‘Mr Offaly’, and the Council of Irish County Associations. Earlier this year, having previously held the posts of secretary and PRO, he was made Life President.
He frequently travelled to Ireland for football and hurling fixtures at club and county level.
He was renowned for his organisational flair and much in demand whenever it came to organising fundraisers or benefit events.
He is survived by daughter Christine, sons Stephen and Patrick, and three grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements will be posted at a later date.