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Paddy Sullivan


Death of legendary

Tinryland & Carlow Footballer Paddy Sullivan.

ONE of the last remaining links with the golden era of Tinryland and Carlow football was severed with the passing of Paddy Sullivan on Monday of last week.

Paddy's greatest hour came in 1944 when he was a member of the famous Carlow fifteen that lifted the Leinster senior football title in Athy against Dublin.

Paddy was outstanding in that championship campaign scoring three goals and two points in the semi-final win over Wexford.

Together with his Tinryland club-mates on that team John Doyle, Peenie Whelan and Willie Hosey and panel members Andy Murphy, John Brady and Mick Hughes, Paddy helped Tinryland win five Carlow SFC titles between 1943 and 1950 and he was captain of the team in 1949.

He figured on the famous Tinryland team of 1945 that travelled to the Cork Athletic Grounds on 8 August to defeat subsequent All-Ireland winners Cork with the help of two guest players Jimma Rea (O'Hanrahans) and Jim Morris (Ballon).

He continued to play up to 1960 and figured on the winning league side of 1951 and the losing final side of 1954 which was regarded as one of Tinryland's best teams that did not win a Co Championship.

Paddy was also named in Carlow's team of the century alongside Tinryland club members Peenie Whelan, Andy Murphy and Brendan Hayden.

Tinryland GFC together with Carlow Co Board provided a guard of honour at the removal of Paddy's remains to Askea parish church on Tuesday and at his internment in St Mary's cemetery the following day. A minute's silence in his memory was observed at the Tinryland and Kilbride senior football match in Rathcrogue on Friday last.

Source: The Nationalist 17 July 2009

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