The month of October saw the passing of a great hurling supporter, loyal follower of Carnmore Hurling Club and a good friend and neighbour. There are many people who knew Padraic all his life and knew him better than I. They would love to pay tribute to his life, to his kindness, to his sense of humour and his sincerity.
I met Padraic in 1988, where else but at a Hurling Club meeting. We were organising a Juvenile Hurling fundraising dance. I mention this because on that very first meeting I experienced many of the wonderful characteristics that Padraic possessed. A welcome and a kindness that came natural to him. A great organiser, everything done well, a diligent worker and a man that commanded respect just by being himself.
Padraic loved hurling, loved the young hurlers and followed with great interest their progress through the hurling grades. He was really proud every time they were selected on a County team. Padraic would talk at length about hurling and was an astute judge of the game.
A visit to Padraic and Noreen’s home was always a pleasure. Padraic never complained about his illness, in fact it never came into the conversation.
We mourn your passing Padraic, we sympathise with Noreen, Kevin, Ailish and Denise.
We thank you for the many gifts you have left to us all. Our lives are richer from knowing you.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh do ainm uasal Phádraic.