Byrne, Paddy

The late Paddy Byrne from Ballybarrack, Knockbridge, Dundalk was an ardent follower of St Brides GFC and Louth GAA throughout his life. Paddy passed away on December 4, 2008 aged 84. Only six weeks earlier, his brother Michael 'Huckle' Byrne - the great Louth footballer - died. Paddy himself enjoyed a lengthy playing career with the Brides, up until the age of 42. His last-ever appearance for the club was on the team that won the Ranafast Cup final in 1964. Twenty-one years earlier, he wore the No.5 shirt on St Brides' only SFC-winning side and that senior medal was one of his most treasured possessions. After retiring, Paddy rarely missed a Brides club game or a Louth league or championship match.

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