Cyril A Irwin – An Appreciation
By Pauline and Henry Tighe.
Cyril Irwin attended Willow Park School followed by Blackrock College. On his leaving school in 1953 he commenced his training as an accountant to successfully attain his qualification as a Chartered Accountant (FCA) in the year 1959. Cyril spent much of his working life with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland where he headed the Finance Department.
Cyril’s interests were were wide and varied and these included, sport (cricket in particular but also rugby), music, nature (bird watching), travel, good food, wine and pints of Guinness. While being fiercely independent he loved life and there was nothing he liked better than being in the company of people.
He played at scrum half on Monkstown FC’s Junior Teams and cricket for Pembroke CC at all levels and which would have included 146 appearances for the First Team, being a member of Pembroke’s Leinster Senior League winning teams of 1967 and 1968.
Cyril served with distinction in many voluntary positions relating to sport and which included terms as Honorary Treasurer to Pembroke CC, the Leinster Cricket Union and the Irish Cricket Union. He served as President of Pembroke CC, including in the Leinster Senior Cup winning year of 1980. He looked after cricket for the students in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and was involved in the management of Monkstown FC teams for many years, including the Junior 1 winning team of 1980.
He had the misfortune to suffer a severe stroke while in the West Indies supporting the Irish Cricket Team in the World Cup in 2007. This left Cyril with great challenges in terms of speech and moblility but which he bore with great bravery and spirit. He was utterly determined to make the very best he could of things and there was nothing he liked better than to be at Sydney Parade watching Pembroke playing cricket while taking great joy and pride from the successes of our players and teams. He was always generous and would love to set up a drink for the players after a game.
Cyril was universally known and respected in cricketing circles and he was loved by the Pembroke CC members. In latter years when watching cricket at Sydney Parade he would position himself sitting along the wall in close proximity to the Pavilion. All passers by would salute him and in response Cyril’s face and eyes would light up with his arms gesticulating very often in a clapping motion. From this you were left with no doubt but that he was happy to see you, that he was at home in a place where he truly loved to be. Pembroke will sadly miss Cyril but will find comfort in the fact that his memory will not be forgotten and in the knowledge that the Club is in a better place for his contribution during the past 72 years.
May he Rest In Peace.