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Paddy Maher R.I.P.

posted 17 Jun 2014, 10:13 by Moneygall GAA   [ updated 17 Jun 2014, 10:15 ]
Our club extends condolences to the family of Paddy Maher, Moneygall, who died last week.  Paddy was born in Nenagh in 1928 and attended the local national school there.  He would go on to complete his education in Marino College, and qualified as a national teacher in 1948.  For the next ten years he taught in Dublin and played an active part in promoting gaelic games at primary school level.  It was at this time also that he became deeply involved in church music, an interest he maintained throughout his life.

Following his years in Dublin, Paddy spent a short time teaching in Ballacolla, Co Laois, and Kilcommon before taking up an appointment as principal in Moneygall National School.  He immediately immersed himself in the affairs of Moneygall GAA Club and at divisional and county level with Bórd na nÓg.  During this time he served as chairman of both North and County Bórd na nÓg.  His great work at juvenile level in Moneygall was finally rewarded in 1976, when the club won the North and County Under 12 hurling titles.

In 1969 Paddy was appointed as secretary of Moneygall GAA Club, a role he would fill for the next ten years.  During this time the club enjoyed its most successful period ever, enjoying huge success on the playing field as well as the development of the clubhouse building, one of the first of its kind in the county.

Paddy became secretary of North Tipperary Board in 1977 and filled the role with efficiency and dedication for the following 13 years.  During these years he also played a prominent role in county affairs and was a member of the Semple Stadium Committee for many years, including being actively involved in the Centenary Year All-Ireland Final preparations.

In 1988 Paddy retired from his teaching position in Moneygall N.S.  He was honoured by Bishop Willie Walsh and Dunkerrin Parish in 1998 for fifty years involvement in church music, an outstanding contribution by any standards.  And in 2010 Paddy was honoured by Tipperary County Board with a Sean Gael Award, in recognition of his great service to his club and county throughout his lifetime. 

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.