Paddy Cremin (1935 - 2013)

Paddy Cremin (1935 - 2013) - An Appreciation

Blarney GAA Stalwart & Gentleman

At our 2014 AGM, Blarney GAA Club was delighted to be presented with the Paddy Cremin “Adult Player Of The Year Perpetual Trophy” by Sheila Cremin, wife of the late Paddy Cremin. The club are very grateful to the Cremin family for this kind gesture and look forward to commemorate Paddy’s wonderful legacy for many years to come.

The 2014 recipient was goalkeeper Paul Hallissey after his outstanding year for the Premier Intermediate Hurling team. 

The 2015 recipient was Mark Coleman after his outstanding year for the Premier Intermediate, U21 and Minor Hurling teams, as well as the Cork Minor Hurling team. 

The first anniversary of the passing of Paddy Cremin occurred on the 12th of November 2014 last.

Paddy Cremen was born in Knockacorbally, Blarney in June 1935, the youngest of seven children of five boys and two girls born to Joseph senior and Catherine at their farm in Corbally. All the boys Michael, Kevin, Joe and Tim played hurling and football with the club.  Michael served as club chairman and was Club President until his death in 2011. Their parents had a great interest in GAA. Joe Bradley, grandfather of Joe Jordan (current intermediate player) often recalled the great matches played in Cremen’s small field when they were teenagers. He would always mention a very young Paddy and his parents watching them playing and been rewarded after the match with homemade bread & butter and fresh milk.

Paddy played juvenile grade with Blarney. He lined out at minor grade at the age of 15. At the time he also played with the North Mon in Dr. Harty cup. The Mon came close to winning the Dr. Harty cup one year losing to Nenagh CBS in the semi-final, who had the great Jimmy Doyle in their ranks. In the same year, The North Mon was dealt a severe blow when Eamon Goulding was called up to the army cadettes and was unable to play any further part in the competition. He was a huge loss in the semi-final defeat.

Paddy played junior hurling for many years until 1970/71. He was a powerfully built player and was very effective in both the full forward and corner forward positions. He never pulled a dirty stroke on his opponent even though during that period only the fittest survived. He was always very encouraging to his fellow younger players. The highlight of his playing career was when Blarney won the Mid Cork Junior Hurling Champions in 1969.  He also won several runners up Mid Cork hurling medals.

In those years Blarney did not participate in football so Paddy joined Whitechurch GAA Club to play. The combination of players from Blarney and Whitechurch won the Muskerry football championship in 1954, where Paddy was a key player on that team.

At that time clubs played fundraising tournaments for suit lengths or watches.  Blarney won the Ballinora and Rochestown tournaments when Paddy was on the Blarney team for those hotly contested prizes.

Paddy played senior hurling with Muskerry for five years at a time when Muskerry were very competitive for the county title.

Paddy also played Inter firm hurling and football with National Silo (situated on the quay as you make your way to Pairc Ui Chaoimh), as a guest player with Blarney Woollen Mills and won several football and hurling titles at the time.

In his tribute to Paddy at the recently held AGM, Derry Mc Sweeney remembered how Paddy was always rushing everywhere.  However in hindsight it was no wonder, Paddy was still playing while also effectively running the club in the administrative side of things. He was elected secretary of the club to acquire the present playing pitch in 1957. He served as club secretary for 22 years until 1976 when he got married to Sheila Buckley and relocated to Coachford. As club secretary, Paddy attended many Mid cork board meetings on Mondays in Coachford and county board meetings on Tuesday’s in Cook Street. He was also Muskerry hurling selector on a number of occasions, a referee at local level while also assisting as an umpire with Donal O’Connor of Monacnappa. Paddy was Vice President of the club until his death.

Paddy attended Blarney games regularly and got updates on club activity when he attended cards in the clubhouse on Wednesday nights.  He loved Blarney GAA. His interest in the club never waned and he would always want a detailed match report when he could not attend Blarney matches in the latter years of his life. He was always interested in any new developments in the club. When asked in later years did he mind doing all this activity on behalf of Blarney he replied “Not at all, it was a labour of love”.

Paddy was one of many who were involved in the club since its formation, both playing and administration. Paddy along with many more unsung heroes helped steer our club through difficult times and help lay the foundations for all who enjoy the facilities we have today.

Ar ais De go raibh a anam.

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