There was widespread sadness throughout the county and further afield at news last weekend of the death of one of the best-known and highly respected personalities in Roscommon GAA, Paddy Mulvey. Paddy passed away peacefully at the Abbey Haven Nursing Home in Boyle.
Aged in his late 80s, Paddy Mulvey was part and parcel of the GAA in Roscommon for almost seven decades. As a player he won two senior titles for Elphin in 1950 and 1951.
But it was with neighbouring club Shannon Gaels that Paddy made his mark and where he became a legend. He won a senior title with ‘The Gaels’ in 1964 but it was his work as an administrator and club and County Board official that he was best known.
Paddy spent an incredible 63 years on the Shannon Gaels executive stepping down in 2011. He was Treasurer of the Northern Board before taking over as Secretary, a post he held for over 40 years. He also served as a Roscommon senior selector for three years and was Irish and Culture Officer on Roscommon County Board for many years as well.
He had a special interest in Scór and served as an organiser for many decades at club, regional, and county level. He served at every level with his club and never missed a County Board meeting for over 40 years.
In 2011 he was recognised by the GAA at national level with the award of The President’s Medal for services to the association. He was one of the first people in the country to receive such an award.
The huge crowds who attended his removal and burial in Drumlion at the weekend was a measure of the esteem in which Paddy Mulvey was held not alone locally but throughout the county and throughout the country.
Paddy was pre-deceased by his wife Jo and is survived by sons Fergal and Ronan and by daughters Ann-Marie, Fionnuala, Carmel and Edel, sons in law, daughters in law, grandchildren other family members and a huge circle of friends and club members. Guards of honour were held at the funeral by Shannon Gaels and Roscommon GAA. A dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.