Duffy, Paddy

The late Paddy Duffy of Bridge Street, Cootehill was a native of Monaghan and had the unique distinction of playing intercounty football for both Cavan and Monaghan. Paddy, who passed away on June 6th, 2009, was born in Broomfield, Donaghmoyne and went on to excel - mainly at midfield - on football pitches near and far. He won a SFC with Cootehill Celtic in 1955 and senior league honours in '55 and '56, lining out for Cavan between 1956 and '58. Paddy subsequently collected SFC medals in his native Monaghan with Ballybay in 1958 and '62, as well as a special league medal with Latton in 1969. In Ballybay, he became a close friend of Kieran 'Jap' Finlay and Jap paid his own special tribute when singing at Paddy's funeral mass. After hanging up his boots, Paddy served the Cootehill committee in a variety of roles including chairman, vice-chairman and PRO. He also refereed matches at local schools and had an interest in other sports like handball, snooker, pool, darts, bowls and soccer. Both Cootehill Celtic and Ballybay Pearse Brothers helped form a Guard of Honour at the funeral mass, while many of Paddy's former Latton team-mates were also in attendance.

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