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Former chair of Mayo GAA dies


A LIFETIME OF SERVICEThe late Paddy Muldoon was involved with the GAA all of his life.

Edwin McGreal

The role the late Paddy Muldoon played in the development of Mayo GAA and reaching occasions like Saturday’s All-Ireland Final ‘cannot be underestimated’.
That’s according to Mayo GAA Chairperson Liam Moffatt who paid tribute to the hugely popular Westport man who died suddenly on Sunday.
The Aughagower native was a former chairperson of Mayo GAA and an active member of the current County Board, where he served as Patron.
His incredible involvement in the GAA at local, county and national level stretched across eight decades.
“Paddy had incredible energy for Mayo GAA and to the people within it,” Liam Moffatt told The Mayo News (yesterday). “He was an amazing character to see the bigger picture, to look out for people, to give a word of advice. He was so heavily involved in so many different areas and we will miss him terribly.
“On behalf of Mayo GAA to his family, we express our heartfelt sympathies,” said Moffatt.
That Paddy Muldoon’s death and funeral will take place on the week of an All-Ireland Final for his beloved Mayo is ‘particularly poignant’ said Liam Moffatt.
“Here we are at the pinnacle of the football year and sadly he won’t be with us on that day. Paddy’s contribution to Mayo GAA to help Mayo GAA get to stages like Saturday’s cannot be underestimated. He worked so long and so hard in so many different areas. He did so much heavy lifting that people didn’t see. Some of the things he did were incredible,” said Moffatt.
He recalled one story of Paddy Muldoon leaving his office at 12 noon one day to help a county board across the country with insurance issues. He also called to three other counties en route. He got home at 6am the next morning.
“He was a larger than life character. This guy’s commitment to the GAA was incredible. You take that volunteer ethos and Paddy takes it to a different level altogether. He would go the extra mile for people,” said Moffatt.

Club cornerstone
In a statement, Westport GAA stated their club president was a ‘cornerstone’ of the club.
“Westport GAA cannot emphasise the debt of gratitude to Paddy and the Muldoon family for all that he has done for the club, to say that he has helped more than a few people along the way would not be an understatement,” they stated.
Paddy Muldoon was also heavily involved with Fianna Fáil at local and county level. Westport-based Fianna Fáil Cllr Brendan Mulroy paid tribute to Paddy.
“Paddy was a great community worker in Westport. He played a leading role in Fianna Fáil in Mayo for decades. He was a man who did a lot of good deeds and never asked for recognition,” he told The Mayo News.
Across a lifetime in the GAA, Paddy Muldoon was Chairman of Mayo GAA from 1980-88 as well as its Central Council delegate, Insurance Officer, co-founder of the Green and Red Trust, senior team selector and Chairperson of the Mayo Minor Board in the 1970s.
In his playing days he played with Islandeady and, latterly, Westport, becoming chairman of the club in the mid 1960s, for a nine-year period. He also managed Westport.
In business life, Paddy ran a successful insurance brokers in Westport.
He is mourned by his wife Judy, daughter Sinéad, sons Edward and John, sisters, brothers, extended family and a wide circle of friends. His funeral Mass will take place at 11am on Thursday in St Mary’s Church, Westport with burial afterwards in Aughagower Cemetery.

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