This Saturday (April 6th) the Masita GAA Post Primary Schools Paddy Drummond Cup (Senior B Football) Final sees Roscommon CBS V Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra (Rathmore). The game will be played as a curtain raiser to the Hogan Cup Schools Final in Croke park with a throw in time of 12.45pm. Great to see a Kerry team contesting for a cup which is of course named after an Austin Stacks Club Stalwart, the late Paddy Drummond (1912-1995) who lived at no. 19 Urban Tce., (the Street of Champions), Rock St. all his life.
Paddy was principal of Listowel Vocational School until his retirement in 1965. He had an undying love for hurling, football, athletics, handball & toiled ceaselessly all his teaching life and beyond to promote them. Paddy was instrumental in setting up of the Kerry Vocational Games Committee in 1950. He became chairman of the first ever All Ireland Vocational Schools GAA council in 1960.
Paddy played hurling and football for Austin Stacks, he was involved in training juvenile and senior teams and held many officer roles within the club. He served as Vice Chairman of the Co. Board and was a senior football selector in the 1950s.
Following the reorganisation of post primary schools football, Paddy’s contribution was formally recognised by the presentation of the All Ireland Schools B competition in his honour.
Ni bheidh a leitheid aris ann
(Paddy Drummond is featured in our Centenary Book 1917-2017 – see pg 56)