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One of our enduring links with the past was severed on Friday, 19th April with the sad passing of Paddy Mayne, who played such a prominent part in the club’s history.

Paddy joined the club straight from school, where he was a hooker on the school’s cup winning team of 1958, having already picked up a junior medal on the 1955 team, the first time the school had won the junior cup.He was a school’s interprovincial in his final year and was one of a group of superb players who would have a huge influence on the club’s fortunes in the years to come. He was a member of the team that played in the first match as a senior club in 1959 and the following year he won a Metropolitan Cup medal.

As the senior team matured, they became arguably the best side in the country, winning the Senior Cup in 1966, under Eddie Coleman and again in 1967, under Eddie Thornton. That team used only eighteen players over two campaigns, with the pack being the same for each match. The front row was famously called the three Paddys, comprising Paddy Kelly, Paddy Mayne and Paddy Browne.

As age took hold of this team, almost all of them continued to play for a number of seasons in the lower ranks, and in doing so, we became the top club for winning trophies in the early seventies. Paddy Mayne had a huge part in this, winning Junior League (J1) medals in 1970 and 1971 .Uniquely, Paddy was the place kicker of choice on most of the teams he played on, for the kicks close to the post. He never missed, whereas some of the bigger kickers might convert the long ones but could miss the sitters. (Practice wasn’t a thing people concentrated on in those days).

Paddy’s legacy will be that he was a member of the first great senior team in our club. He was extremely competitive on the field and was a gentleman off it.

To his wife, Geraldine, son Ross and daughter Karen, and the wider family, we extend our deepest sympathy.
Ar dheis De go raibh a anam!

 

 

 

 

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