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Slán Patrique.....R.I.P.

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I'm really down on it after that news, had been missing off the board for some time and thought he was still recouperating after his illness. Patrique was the spirit of hoganstand, there was more than a touch of mischief about the man and I used to especially enjoy his sparring with Slayer on the elevenaside board, he had the knack of turning anybodies opinion totally on its head, infuriatingly so at times! I think I'll give HS a break for a few days, all the best Pat, you were unique.

brendtheredhand (Tyrone) - Posts: 10897 - 14/10/2011 21:03:43    1052281


Very sad news. Always enjoyed his posts, whether he was being serious or on a windup they were always worth a read.

He actually near got me in trouble once, was workin with a client in London. A Frenchman called Patrick, didn't I keep calling him patrique.

RIP Patrique. Will be missed around here.

Derry_ledd (Derry) - Posts: 2093 - 14/10/2011 21:06:07    1052284


By the way, theres a nice tribute to Pat on the Antrim page.

brendtheredhand (Tyrone) - Posts: 10897 - 14/10/2011 21:06:17    1052285


Just sitting watching my 12 year old daughter playing her Bodhran tonight I thought of Pat and his rendition at the Kildare v Antrim game I knew the Great man wasn't well but still shocked at his sad passing the HS will not be the same without him. Even a fool knows we can't reach the stars, but that doesn't stop the wise man from trying Pat has now succeeded R.I.P. Old Chap.

williewentwell (Tyrone) - Posts: 1712 - 14/10/2011 21:06:26    1052286


Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

-W.H. Auden (1907-1973)

RIP Pat.

Horse (Laois) - Posts: 1146 - 14/10/2011 21:08:06    1052287


Ah thats very sad to hear knew he was ill but didnt realise it was serious one of the best posters on this forum whether you agreed or disagreed with him will be sadly missed around here
Condolences to his family and friends R.I.P

b.mullins (Dublin) - Posts: 1413 - 14/10/2011 21:12:47    1052290


County: Laois
Posts: 743
Lovely poem, can never say I ever even replied to one of his posts, but its strange for him to have been so optimistic on his last few posts and then this.

arock (Dublin) - Posts: 4734 - 14/10/2011 21:28:32    1052297


Very sorry to hear this sad news, always admired his great command of the English language. RIP.

PJ (None) - Posts: 2288 - 14/10/2011 21:29:15    1052298


rest in peace my dear pal many a slating i got from you but all in good will
thoughts and prayers with family in there hour of need

R.I.P PATRIQUE your knowledge and love for the game will never be forgotten...........

dubbydave. (Dublin) - Posts: 3927 - 14/10/2011 21:35:07    1052303


RIP Pat. Its amazing how a man could touch so many people through a simple web forum. One of the wittiest posters ever and as said before one of the most knowledgeable. From reading the title of threads you could pick out the ones he started :)
Condolences to his family and friends he will be sadly missed

Con (Louth) - Posts: 511 - 14/10/2011 21:37:48    1052309


Terribly Sad - I wish his family the very best

RIP Patrique

JinxyPoop (UK) - Posts: 1162 - 14/10/2011 21:43:13    1052312


One of Antrim's best supporters passes away

One of Antrim's most loyal supporters, Paddy McGinley, has passed away after a short illness.

Paddy won a Hogan Cup medal with St Mary's CBS in 1971 and played his club football with Gael Uladh, before moving to Manchester.

On his return from England he moved to Antrim town and joined up with St Comgalls.

A constant sight at Antrim league and championship games, he assisted the Antrim board in research for county final programmes and wrote a piece about the life of an Antrim fan, which was published in the County Yearbook.

Paddy was also a regular contributor to the forum on, where he intelligently made his point and stood up for Antrim and Ulster and of course Manchester City. He made nearly 14,000 contributions to these pages.

Paddy passed away on Thursday 13 October.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

JinxyPoop (UK) - Posts: 1162 - 14/10/2011 21:50:30    1052320


A song for Patrique

JinxyPoop (UK) - Posts: 1162 - 14/10/2011 21:57:36    1052326


Hard to believe. Usually disagreed with him, but was a man who clearly had a great love for all things GAA and particularly Antrim. I havent been a regular poster on this recently but his posts on hurling when the season kicks off will be missed. A fine GAA man Pat by all accounts.

May you rest in peace.

tiobraid (Tipperary) - Posts: 3163 - 14/10/2011 22:01:06    1052330


R.I.P my good man

whitegoodman (Tyrone) - Posts: 439 - 15/10/2011 10:10:41    1052338


Genuinely, probably the best poster the forum has ever seen. It is quite a strange thing to feel such sadness about someone I have never met. I hope he knew what he meant to us all on here. Knowing patrique, he probably did. Sad times.


TheMaster (Mayo) - Posts: 16187 - 15/10/2011 10:22:14    1052339


A man of principle and conviction. That made many think. About their views on these boards. You will be sorely missed here pat. God bless you. R.I .p. a

ta32 (Tyrone) - Posts: 4907 - 15/10/2011 11:01:44    1052348


R.I.P Patrique the board wont be the same without you.

duke_raul (Tyrone) - Posts: 991 - 15/10/2011 11:26:46    1052358


Very shocked and saddened to hear the news.

Firstly I would like to offer my condolences to Patrique's friends and family may he Rest in Peace.

Undoubtedly one of the best posters ever, he could definitely gather an audience on this forum and from what I understand he was the same in real life. I have never laughed as loud or been as eager to read his posts than anyone else's. Of course he was fond of the wind up but sure who isn't when they get a load of people to bite and none seemed more willing or as keen to bite as my fellow Tyrone posters! But he could be serious too and he had a wealth of fact and opinion on a wide range of sports and other topics, he was rarely conventional and you could trust his opinion to be his own, truely independent, and considered.
He was definitely a man of honesty, he believed in his working class and humanist principles and spoke up for them whenever he had an opportunity, in the truest sense of the word a man of the people for the people.

First and foremost though he was an avid follower of Antrim GAA through all the bad days he was never deterred by defeat, and the Antrim footballers under Baker Bradley rewarded his persistence when the reached the Ulster final against the AI Champions Tyrone (of whom he really was a huge fan! :-)) in 2009. They put in a creditable performance and also gave the soon to be AI Champs Kerry a wee scare in the qualifiers. Patrique's performance in the square in Clones that day will also be remembered when he and his merry band of music lovers gave an impromptu open air session that will be remembered and is talked about by all who witnessed it.

I will leave you with one of his favourtie tunes by one of his favourite bands and singer Luke Kelly, a man who had many similar passions as Patrique

omaghjoe (Tyrone) - Posts: 1191 - 15/10/2011 12:19:50    1052368


RIP Paddy, without doubt the best poster that was on here.

paddyogall (Mayo) - Posts: 5110 - 15/10/2011 12:28:52    1052369