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Wednesday 18 September 2019

Paddy feted for service

Back (from left): Dick Shannon, Fr. Jimmy Ryan, Ted Morrissey, Michael Duffin. Front (from left): Mary Shannon (nee Hendrick), Paddy Shannon, John Hearn, John Curtis
Back (from left): Dick Shannon, Fr. Jimmy Ryan, Ted Morrissey, Michael Duffin. Front (from left): Mary Shannon (nee Hendrick), Paddy Shannon, John Hearn, John Curtis

Ninety-one year-old Paddy Shannon of Ballymaclare recently received a Seana Gael award at his home. The presentation was made by John Curtis, Ballyhogue, Secretary of the Seana Ghael committee, and Ted Morrissey.

Paddy played hurling for Horeswood for many years. He played in the 1941 county Minor final, losing by 2-6 to 3-1 to Rathnure.

A second club was formed in Whitechurch at that time and he played Junior with them.

When a first adult hurling title was won in 1947, Paddy scored four points in the final against Gorey Wolfe Tones.

He then played in goal with the Senior team which unfortunately lost county finals in 1951, 1952 and 1954.

He was called up to the Wexford team and played in goal versus Galway in the 1951 Oireachtas final.

Paddy's involvement in G.A.A. also spread to camogie. In the mid-60s the St. Patrick's club was formed in Aclare and Paddy served as selector and trainer for many years, winning the county Junior final in 1966 and reaching the 1968 Senior final where they lost to Adamstown.

Paddy was a selector on the county Senior camogie team which won an historic first All-Ireland in 1968.

A man who gave great service to Gaelic games in Horeswood, he was a worthy recipient of this award.

Wexford People