Don't let the innocent and boyish smile deceive you. Behind the countenance of an angel is the man who was reckoned to have the fastest paws on the planet before a bloke called Cassius Clay came along.Those in Castlebar boxing circles will tell you that this particular boxing legend could fly like a butterfly and sting like a bee even before Mohammed Ali was heard of.
However, his talents were not to be found in the ring alone, as he was something of a wizard when it came to dribbling, and I don't mean as a baby. I'm talking about his silken soccer skills - or as Johnny Mee would say, he had an educated right foot - with Castlebar Town FC back in the good old days when Celtic, Barcastle, Westport United, Westport Textiles, Crusaders and Ballina Town roamed the landscape.
Had he been found earlier he would undoubtedly have been the first Castlebar man to appear on Top of the Pops, such was his singing talent, an X-Factor winner had Louis Walsh been around when this man was on stage.
When age finally caught up with him and he had to hang up both the gloves and the boots his talent brought him into coaching darts, and ladies darts in particular, where he met the love of his life, the stunning Marie, and now there is Kayla and Cian.
They were hanging from the rafters in Hogs Heaven at the weekend as Reggie walked in for what he thought would be a quiet pint but 'SURPRISE' was the word of the evening as one of Castlebar's true greats had to take a count before he celebrated his 40th birthday. I give you the one and only Reggie Redmond.
Babes reunion planned for LondonThirty years ago the Byrnes Babes travelled across the Irish Sea to support Mayo against London in the Connaught championship. It was one of the many ventures by the Babes which took them into some strange territories and they were to visit London three times in all when the sides met in the championship, each trip a memorable one, but the first was somethingspecial.
T. Flynn returns to Rush Street
From his first days when he ran The Local (now disappeared but a snug little pub which was sadly missed before the bulldozer ran through it on Rush Street), Tony Flynn is back to where he started by taking over his latest venture on Rush Street.
Tony had something of a nomadic life before pitching his tent in Rush Street, doing a stint in Spencer Street and Linenhall Street and he, and indeed his family, have worked hard in business, which is going through some testing times at the minute.
But the Flynns are battlers, and anyone who knew Tony's late father, Mick Flynn, will testify to the never-say-die qualities of the family and we can only wish Tony and Harriet (Tony made the treacherous journey across the border to Leenane to find the love of his life) the very best of luck and hopefully Rush Street will be where they will lay their heads, not, I hasten to add, in any great hurry.
Pubs have different characteristics and different followers and T. Flynn's is well regarded as a great darts pub and the likelihood is there will be a good crowd there on Thursday night, January 20, when world-ranked player Terry Jenkins takes on all comers.
Pool went through a phase and seems to have dropped off in popularity but darts remains as strong as ever in towns like Castlebar, Ballina, Charlestown, and indeed in most towns around the county, but Castlebar has a very strong men's and women's league, which is currently in full swing.