Paddy McSweeney, (Paddy Mac), has passed away. Just a couple of weeks after hooker Peter Bell passed on, prop Paddy has joined him in the great scrum in the sky.
Paddy had not been well for a while, but to those of us of a certain age, Paddy was a genial helpful character.
When I joined in the 72/73 season, Paddy was already part of the Carrigmore furniture. To someone like me, Paddy represented the heart of Old Christians.
He was ever helpful, always available to assist in any job to be done in the club. More that once came to my rescue, in my “Biker” days, when my bike had broken down. Paddy and the truck would arrive to save the day.
Paddy was an “old fashioned” prop, who preferred a “tight” game.
How many times did I hear Paddy say, “I’m dying man”, as he emerged red-faced from a ruck or maul.
In the days of the Club fancy dress, which used to take place on St. Stevens Day, Paddy would belt out the Rolling Stones, “I cant get no satisfaction”, with the Club Band, while turning redder by the minute.
Paddy’s brother, Gerry, also played with Old Christians, while Club Legend, Rodger, “Rody” Kickam was a cousin and I think Dave Waldock was also related.
Ní beidh a leitheád arís ann.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílís.