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Shamrock Gaels lead tributes to founding Chairperson, Paddy Joe Quigley

Was a huge part of the club for many decades 

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The late Paddy Joe Quigley from Rusheen, Riverstown.

The late Paddy Joe Quigley from Rusheen, Riverstown.

The late Paddy Joe Quigley from Rusheen, Riverstown.

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SHAMROCK Gaels GAA Club and the Riverstown community is mourning the death of Paddy Joe Quigley, the club’s founding Chairman and a man who was synonymous in GAA circles. Mr Quigley passed away on Tuesday after a long and brave battle with illness. His family ran the iconic Quigley’s shop in the town for many years. Shamrock Gaels said everyone in the community is deeply saddened by his loss.

The club posted a heartfelt tribute to Mr Quigley on their social media; "Everybody within the Shamrock Gaels family, the Riverstown community and the wider GAA world is deeply saddened by the loss of our founding Chairperson, Paddy Joe Quigley after a long and brave battle with illness.

“Following on so closely from the recent loss of Paddy Joe’s great friend and comrade-in-arms, Michael Reynolds, this truly feels like the end of an era for our Club and community.

“Paddy Joe’s is a towering presence when considering the last 50 years of the Club’s existence. However his roots in the GAA go all the way back to the 1950s, when he won underage titles with Knockalassa and the breadth of Paddy Joe’s subsequent decades of dedication to the GAA is really something to consider; Chairperson of the Knockalassa and Shamrock Gaels clubs; referee at County and Provincial level; delegate on the 1978 All-Stars American tour; Chairperson of the Shamrock Gaels Development Committee during the vital years of the development of Shamrock Gaels Park; Chairperson and also subsequently Secretary of the East Divisional Board; member of Connacht Council and member of the GAA’s Games Administration Committee in Croke Park. Above all else though, Paddy Joe’s first love was the Gaels and nothing gave him more delight than the Club’s various successes down through the years, particularly at under-age level, where Paddy Joe and his devoted wife, Teresa were a constant presence on the sidelines, Paddy Joe being a somewhat more vocal presence, in particular when refereeing decisions didn’t go our way!

“Paddy Joe and Teresa’s three children, Brenda, Marie and Shane have all made significant contributions to the Club over the years, a love of the GAA having been instilled in them from an early age, which lives on to this day in Paddy Joe and Teresa’s grandchildren.”

Quigley’s shop was fondly regarded as the unofficial headquarters of the Club long before the club facilities today came into existence. “Many important decisions were made across Quigley’s shop counter or in the kitchen behind it without the need for committees or meetings, as were countless post-mortems on matches won and lost. In 2009, in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding commitment to the GAA at Club, County, Provincial and National levels, Paddy Joe was awarded the prestigious President’s Award by the GAA at a ceremony held in Croke Park on St. Patrick’s Day, a particularly fitting day for a proud Gaels’ man. In 2018, the Club was delighted to induct Paddy Joe into the Shamrock Gaels Hall of Fame, an honour he richly deserved. “The legacy Paddy Joe has left behind is immeasurable and we extend our deepest sympathies to Teresa, Brenda, Marie and Shane and Paddy Joe’s extended family on your irreplaceable loss. Thank you, Paddy Joe, from a Club and a community that is so much the richer for what you have done for us and we hope you will now truly Rest in Peace.”

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Funeral Mass for Paddy Joe is Thursday at 1pm in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Riverstown with burial afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Ballyrush.


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