Boland, Paddy

The late Paddy Boland of New Street, who died on January 23rd, 2013, aged 95, was synonymous with sport in the town, where he was a true driving force behind a number of GAA clubs and Dundalk Rugby Club. Affectionately known as 'Bowley', he represented the Isles of the Sea gaelic football club before joining Dundalk Gaels. With the Gaels, he starred on all three of their SFC-winning teams of 1942, '45 and '52. He was the last surviving member of the 1942 team. Paddy went on to become a GAA manager of note, serving Forkhill, Dromintee, Young Irelands and Na Piarsaigh along the sideline. As Paddy's remains were brought to St Patrick's Cemetery, a guard of honour was provided by assorted sporting bodies, including members of Dundalk Gaels and Dundalk Young Irelands.

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