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.