24 August 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

On Friday last, August 17th, a whole host of people came together at Concra Wood golf club to pay tribute to the late and great Paddy McVicar, a key figure at Cremartin Shamrocks GAA for many years.
Gaels from Annyalla and Cremartin who organised the four-person Paddy McVicar Memorial Cup competition in Paddy’s honour were bowled over by the numbers who attended on the day.
“The turnout exceeded all our expectations,” spokesman for the organising committee, Sean Mulligan, told the Northern Standard.
“The response from so many people was simply phemonenal, so much so that we had to turn teams away.
“In a way, I wasn’t surprised by how many rowed in behind us because so many people knew Paddy from his work and his involvement in the GAA and the kind of person he was.
“The shock from his death is still pretty fresh in the minds of people too and the golf event was a means for people to once again show how much they sympathise with Paddy’s family and how much he meant to them.”
Estimates suggest that the proceeds of the Classic – which will be shared by the Irish Heart Foundation and Cremartin GAA – could exceed 20,000 euros.
Paddy played golf earlier in his life but Gaelic football was his major passion and it was appropriate that a number of GAA clubs in the region were represented at Concra Wood on August 17th next.
He had the unique distinction of playing alongside his son Liam on a number of occasions one of which saw them score 2-7 between them.
For the record, the winners of the competition was a team from Castleblayney made up of Kieran Irwin, Mark McCaughey, Emmett Brennan and Sean McKearney whose 98 points beat a fellow team from ‘Blayney (96) into second place and Terry’s Bar, Monaghan Town (94) into third.
The organising committee would like to acknowledge the sponsorship of the first prize by Monaghan Bottlers; the second prize by the Glencarn Hotel, Castleblayney and the third prize by Sean Ward Plumbing, Ardaghey plus the generosity of all others who sponsored tees or donated all other prizes.

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