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Paddy Cullen had world in his hands

THE famous O'Connell Boy, Paddy Cullen, is to be honoured next month.

He was one of the most successful 'keepers of all time.

The Dublin number one played outfield for O'Connell Boys.

Paddy hung up the Dublin gloves in 1979, but he kept playing for O'Connell's until 1982.

He will be presented with a framed scroll to mark his long and distinguished career by St Joseph's/OCB on Saturday, November 8.

He was raised at 75 Seville Place. He played with St Laurence O'Toole National School and the North Strand Vocational College.

He joined OCB in 1959. In '64, he was Dublin's centre half-back and captain in the Leinster U21 Championship.


He impressed as a soccer goalie with his works team, McNaughton's, and he was to make his senior debut between the posts in 1967 against Offaly in the Corn na Casca.

Paddy collected three O'Byrne Cups, two National Leagues, six Leinster Championships and three All-Ireland titles.

He played in six successive All-Ireland finals and earned four All-Star awards.

He also played for the Dubs in an early Compromise Rules game against Australia in Croke Park.

He managed Dublin to Leinster and league success, and he was in charge of the Blues when they played Meath in that remarkable four-game Leinster Championship saga in 1991, three of which went to extra-time.

The club want to thank Paddy for all those wonderful years he spent with OCB and the Dubs, and they have organised a programme of events for the occasion. It will begin with mass at St Laurence O'Toole Church (7.30pm) to celebrate all past members and friends. There will be the unveiling of a seat plaque to remember founders, Gerry McGuirk and Des Gallagher.

Following the mass, the St Joseph's/O'Connell Boys clubhouse at 31A Seville Place will be blessed by Father Colin Rothery.

A wall plaque will be unveiled to celebrate the merger of St Joseph's and O'Connell Boys, and in memory of Gerry McGuirk. The plaque was presented by OCB co-founder, John Wright.

Then the Hill 16 favourite will step forward to accept his presentation.

'Don't drop it, Paddy,' will come the call from the back of the house.

No fear of that.