ready for the long haul
Padraic O'Dea and son Niall O'Dea. Padraic's grandson Padraic
Lyons sits in the Sam Maguire Cup, and
who is a first cousin of Bill Maher's,
captain of the Tipp minor hurling team
draw between Kilkenny and Galway was the first in an All-Ireland
final since 1959 when Waterford triumphed over the Cats in a replay.
The sides must go head to head again on September 30th and one Galway
supporter believes that even extra-time might not separate the sides
the next day.
Moycullen native Padraig O'Dea may have lived in Dublin for the
past 30 + years, but he has never forgotten his roots and was in
Croke Park as the teams played out an exciting draw last time out.
Indeed, Padraig was an interested spectator in the minor match also
as his adopted county Dublin played out a draw also in their tussle
against Tipperary. Indeed, the Galway man had an allegiance with
Tipp as well as his son in law's nephew Bill Maher captained the
Premier County in drawn game.
It was an interesting day to say the least, especially in
the minor game. It was a great occasion for the whole family. Our
next door neighbour is Paul Winters, who was the Dublin free taker
in the minor game, and his parents are good friends of our and actual
hail from Galway, revealed Padraig to hoganstand.com.
I thought the game itself was not of the best of quality,
Tipp took a while to find their rhythm, but were many people's favourites
to win the game, so Dublin deserve great credit for pushing them
all the way and a draw was a fair result at the end of it.
Cillian O'Dea playing for St. Brigids minors
believes that the senior game could turn into a lengthy saga as
the sides are so evenly matched, although he admitted that Galway
should have pushed on in the second half of the match.
I firmly believe that Galway will win, but I wouldn't be surprised
if it would be another draw. It could actually turn into another
Meath/Dublin saga (the sides met four times in the 1991 Leinster
SFC before Meath eventually won), which I'm sure would delight the
GAA, he quipped.
I was happy enough with the position that Galway were in at
half time when they were five points in front, but I do think they
should have pushed on from the second goal, which they didn't. Their
tactics seemed to change in that second half and it played into
In 2008, the O'Dea family had another momentous occasion at Croke
as his native Moycullen were crowned All-Ireland club intermediate
football champions. The occasion was all the more special as Padraig's
brother Sean was manager of the side.
That was a great day for the whole family and a game that
they thoroughly deserved to win. I would continue to follow their
fortunes despite living in Dublin for over 30 years now. Many people
would describe Moycullen as a football club, but they are actually
a dual club who have won both senior football and senior hurling
championships down through the years. Their hurlers were recently
crowned the All-Ireland club 11-a-side champions in Ratoath.
Niall O'Dea palying for St. Brigids minor
moving to Dublin, Padraig has resided in Blanchardstown and he became
involved in his local club St Brigid's for whom he acted as chairman
for a number of years and it was during this period that the club
made a breakthrough in the Dublin SFC by winning the title. Off
the field the club also made huge strides as they installed a state
of the art all-weather pitch that is still the envy of all the country.
When we were deciding to put in the new pitch, we had a look
at some of the ones that were already here, but we found that we
didn't like any of them. So three of us went to the U.S to have
a look there and we found one that suited us. Kevin Kilmurray, who
managed Offaly was one of those who came over and when we came back,
he took it upon himself to install the new pitch.
It was an enjoyable time for the club both on and off the
field. My son, Niall plays football for the club and he actually
won a Leinster minor football title with Dublin, a couple of years
Away from the playing field, Padraig is the managing director of
Haggard Stores, which is based in Garristown, Co Dublin. The company
was initially established in 1982 under the name Padraig O'Dea Agri
Stores in Mulhuddart, but in 2008 they moved premises.