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Paddy Nolan will be sadly missed

We often talk of unsung heroes in Irish sport and for rugby in Leinster the game is much the poorer for the sudden passing of Paddy Nolan, a match-day steward at Lansdowne Road, Croke Park, the RDS and, most of all, his beloved Donnybrook for over 25 years.

I can honestly say that, in all that time, I never attended a game at any of those venues which I left without having a chat with one of my favourite people.

Paddy was a Dublin minor goalkeeper in the 1950s and boy did he know his sport.

He was gentle and engaging with a special interest in, and passion for, the schoolboy rugby season. We will miss him so much.

But his absence will be felt most by Stephanie, his wife of over 50 years, daughter Suzanne, son Christopher and his six grandchildren -- Ciara, Eoin, Sinead, Daire, Tadgh and Emer.

Match-day in Donnybrook will never be the same again. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dhilis.

Irish Independent