Kiladangan GAA Club are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our life president – Paddy Kelly.
Paddy first played adult hurling for Kiladangan in 1956. In 1966 he won the first of two North Intermediate Hurling medals, the second coming 5 years later when he captained the team and followed this up with a county medal. Paddy was captain of the Tipperary side in 1972 that won the Munster & All Ireland Intermediate Hurling Titles.
Off the field, Paddy represented Kiladangan on the North Board and was chairman of the club from 1989 to 1996. During his tenure, the club grounds in Puckane were revamped with the field developed and new dressing rooms erected. Paddy was extremely proud of the club and all the subsequent developments and successes both on and off the field in recent times.
Paddy was a familiar face to anyone that attended games in the GAA grounds in Puckane – where he carried out many roles with meticulous detail. He was always on site looking after the GAA grounds and pitches where he opened and closed the dressing rooms, oversaw maintenance works and parking cars at matches. He also spent many a night selling tickets for the club lotto. Just some of the many roles that Paddy did for the club over the years.
Later in life, Paddy was named as a life president of the club. In 2017, the club honoured him for the lifetime service that he had provided to the club as both a player and officer whilst he was also honoured by the Nenagh Guardian in 2018 after being selected for the Hero of the Community award.
Paddy truly was the face of Kiladangan GAA over the last number of decades and he will be a huge loss to the GAA club and to the parish.
We express sympathy to his wife Alice, son Eamonn, daughters Noreen, Brid and Ailish, brothers Neddy, Jimmy, William and sister Winnie (Paddy was predeceased by his brother John) and to his beloved grandchildren and to his wider family and large circle of friends.
Paddy - Our club man, always there to keep an eye on us, we will miss him dearly.
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