Harry Ryan was described as a unique man who devoted his life to the service of people. Thoroughly dedicated to every task he undertook as a public representative, he brought the same energy and zeal to his high ranking involvement in the Fianna Fail party, and in many community organisations, particularly the GAA, an Association he loved with a passion. A former Chairperson of Mid Tipperary Board, Harry worked unsparingly in the promotion of the games, and apart from a lifelong involvement in the affairs of his club Moycarkey-Borris, he served Tipperary GAA Board with dedication and loyalty. At the time of his death he was a member of the County Board Executive. Known the length and breadth of Ireland, Harry Ryan was held in high esteem in all sectors of society. Harry Ryan's ambition was to serve the public with utter conviction, and this he did far beyond the call of duty as an elected member of the local authority. He loved Littleton, and the parish of Moycarkey-Borris, and was extremely proud of many local achievements. He supported parish activities with enthusiasm at every opportunity, and helped so many people from all walks of life. His community loved him as he was renowned for his generosity and good nature, Harry was a close friend to many but was a man of ability, sincerity, and integrity, and was recognised on all sides of the political divide for his work, kindness, and courtesy. He was truly a friend to everybody, if he could he did a turn for you regardless of your political affiliation, a fact reflected on in the huge cross-party support he enjoyed. He was a gentle giant who never put anybody down, a colourful character, but, above all a man loyal to his beliefs , his family and community.
This Sunday we will remember Harry Ryan as our under 13 boys compete for the cup and shield in our annual Harry Ryan Tournament.
All are welcome to support the boys and enjoy some tae and refreshments on the day.