Ev­ery club needs a per­son like Paddy


THE Club Per­son of the Year award is a spe­cial award given to some­one who has made a real dif­fer­ence to their club and the GAA in gen­eral and the award win­ner for 2012 cer­tainly fits the bill in that re­gard.

Kil­macanogue's Paddy O'Brien was nom­i­nated for the award for his hard work and his ded­i­ca­tion to the club at the foot of the Sugar Loaf over the course of a quar­ter of a cen­tury.

Paddy him­self is quite shy in re­la­tion to his ex­ploits for the club and de­scribes his role as that of “gen­eral dogs­body” and a “goafer”.

“I'm on a cou­ple of com­mit­tees and I cut the grass and mark the pitch and make sure it's ready for the young ones,” he said.

But Paddy does him­self a dis­ser­vice be­cause no club could sur­vive with­out the Tro­jan work car­ried out day in and day out by men and women just like Paddy O'Brien.

He's seen a lot in his 25 years in Kil­macanogue. He speaks very highly of the peo­ple there and is full of ad­mi­ra­tion and praise for the young­sters who are the fu­ture of the club.

The high­lights for him over the years are the Ju­nior A cham­pi­onship win in 1997, a team he was se­lec­tor with at the time, and the year just passed when the club brought home the SFL Di­vi­sion 2 league hon­ours with­out hav­ing lost a game.

Alas the Ju­nior A cham­pi­onship es­caped them this year but for Paddy that is the dream for 2013.

On re­ceiv­ing the award Paddy would like to ex­press sin­cere thanks for those that nom­i­nated him.

“I'd like to thank the com­mit­tee for putting me for­ward. I'm on the devel­op­ment com­mit­tee with Des Fox, Peadar Smith and Christy Fox and they are all good lads and we all pull to­gether fairly well in Kil­macanogue GAA club,” said Paddy.

Paddy O’Brien from Kil­macanogue.

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