Paddy Maguire of Drumelis was one of Cavan town's most popular figures. Gaelic football was a big part of his life and, when Cavan Slashers and Cavan Harps came together to form Cavan Gaels in 1957, he quickly became involved in the new club. He won league honours with the Gaels in 1958, '60 and '62, lining out on star-studded sides. When Cavan Gaels won the SFC for the first time, full forward Paddy scored the winning point in the final as holders Bailieborough were beaten by 3-5 to 1-10. Members of Cavan Gaels formed a Guard of Honour and the attendance at Paddy's funeral included a number of his former club colleagues as well as former Cavan player and the now late great Mick Higgins.