Passing of a GAA Great. The Late Paddy Mulvey.
Roscommon GAA Co Chairman Seamus Sweeney has extended his sympathies on behalf of Roscommon GAA to the Mulvey Family his sons Fergal and Ronan daughters Ann Marie, Fionnuala, Edel and Carmel , his sister Sal Boyd his daughters-in-law, his sons-in-law, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and all the friends and connections of Paddy on his passing.
"Paddy Mulvey summed up the GAA. He was a volunteer who gave his all to the association both through our club Shannon Gaels, the Northern Board, the County Board, and Connacht Council. Paddy's work was recognised in 2011 when he was presented with his GAA President's Award for 2011 by Uachtarán Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Criostóir Ó Cuana. Having completed 63 years on the Shannon Gaels executive, Paddy Mulvey stepped down from that role earlier that year.
Paddy Mulvey from Lecarrow on the Croghan Elphin border has been a GAA legend for sixty years. From his schooldays in Boheroe NS and Rosary High School in Cortober he grew up faster than most in the organisation. A county Senior Championship winner in 1950 and 51 with Elphin and in 1964 with Shannon Gaels. In 1952 Paddy became Treasurer of the Northern Board and in 1953 became Secretary a position he held for the next forty years.
In 1952 he set up the Boheroe Team in what was then the burgeoning talent pool that was the parish of Elphin. Always a man for the underdog he chose to opt to play with his neighbours and sacrificed an opportunity to be part of that powerful Elphin team who went on to 3 more co titles in the fifties.
Paddy Mulvey was beaten by one vote for Co Secretary position in 1960 and served as Co Senior selector with 3 Connacht Championship winning Roscommon teams 1961.62 and 72.
By the early sixties, Paddy and late wife Josephine had set up home in Cortober. He did everything from Bingo man in Patrician Hall to Secretary of Shannon Gaels in 1963 a position he held for over thirty years. Paddy was accorded the ultimate recognition for his contribution to the GAA being one of the first to receive the President’s Award from the GAA.
On the cultural front, he was a tireless promoter of Scór as competitor adjudicator and organiser, officially serving as Irish Officer for County whom he also represented at Connacht Council Level. As a player referee, line marker or whatever job needed to be done Paddy Mulvey never balked.
Our organisation can be proud of him as should the family, schools, and community that produced him.
In conclusion, Seamus Sweeney commented that Paddy was as great off the field as his cousin Noel Tierney of Galway was on it. His likes will not be seen in Roscommon never mind the parish of Croghan again. Do ndeanai Dia trocaire ar a anam dílis is i ndáiríre ní bheidh a leithid arís ann."
Reposing at Abbeyhaven Nursing Home today Saturday from four o’clock until six o’clock.
Funeral mass tomorrow Sunday in St Michael’s Church, Drumlion, at half past one with burial immediately afterwards to Drumlion cemetery.