Tributes paid to "champion of the community" Ted Linehan

Niamh Dillon

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Tributes paid to  "champion of the community" Ted Linehan

A man who passed away following a tragic accident on the River Suir at the weekend has been described as a "champion of Cahir and the wider community" who always had the best interests of the town at heart.

Mr Ted Linehan, an experienced kayaker, got into difficulty while out on River Suir at Garnavilla, Cahir on Saturday morning.

He was taken from the water by Cahir River Search and Rescue, assisted by Rescue 117 Coastguard helicopter, however he passed away a short time later.

Mr Linehan was an active member of Cahir Tidy Towns and had previously acted as PRO for Cahir GAA club.

Friends of Mr Linehan describe him as a "champion of Cahir and the wider community" who was a friend to every club and organisation in the town.

"He was always looking out for the town and looking at different projects to promote the area. He was a very enterprising guy and everything he did was for the good of the town. He will be missed by everyone he knew," said a longtime friend of Mr Linehan.

In a post to social media members of Cahir Meet & Train, which Mr Linehan was a long time supporter of, planned to form a guard of honour for their friend on Tuesday evening.

It read: “Ted was an active member with Cahir Tidy Towns and was always on hand with his little dog Pongo to help out at any event Cahir Meet & Train held, therefore we ask all past and current members to convey at Costigan’s Furneral Home on Tuesday at 8pm to form a guard of honour for our good friend Ted.”

He is survived by his loving wife Mary, son Fergus, daughters Edel and Emily, sister Anne (Caplice), brothers Jerome and Donal, mother-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and his many friends.

Reposing at Costigan’s Funeral Home Cahir on Tuesday evening from 5pm to 8pm. Remains will arrive at St. Michael’s Church, Annalentha, Mourneabbey, for 2pm funeral Mass on Wednesday, burial afterwards in Burnfort Cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations if desired to Cahir River Rescue / Cahir Tidy Towns.