‘The players loved him because he was always nudging them on’ - tributes pour in for Offaly All-Ireland winner
Garda Sergeant Padraig Moran, who drowned in the river Liffey on Monday, has been described by the man who coached him to All Ireland U21 football medal as a ‘great chat and a good laugh.’
Moran, a 46-year-old father of three, hailed from Gurteen, Tubber, Co Offaly, and was a member of the 1988 county side that beat Cavan by 0-11 to 0-9 to win the U21 football championship.
Mr Moran lived with his family in Castleknock in north county Dublin and stationed at the Mountjoy Garda station, and coached underage teams at the St.Brigids GAA club.
It is still unclear exactly how the deceased met his demise, though he was said to be carrying an unspecified illness at the end of his life.
Jody Gunning managed the Offaly team in 1988, and said that the man who played corner back for him was well-liked by his team-mates, even to this day.
“He was a great chat and a good laugh. But there was a very serious side to him, which is why I wasn’t surprised to he became a Garda. He was a keen man to give advice and was very serious about what he said," Gunning told Midlands Radio.
“He always stayed in touch about what was going on in Tubber and he was very serious about his Offaly football. I think that he even trained some of the underage teams up in Castleknock. The lads he played with in ’88, they would have kept in touch with him.
“He wasn’t feeling the best, he had some little thing wrong with him, but I didn’t dwell on it because I didn’t think it was too serious. Now, whether Padraig did or not, we’ll never know
“He was a very good corner back, that’s where he played in ’88, and the players loved him because he was always nudging them on,” he said.
Sgt Moran leaves behind his beloved wife Fiona and children Alana, Brian and Aoibhinn.