The Legends Series – Paddy Prendergast


One thing I will never be able to do is justify how grateful I am to the men and women of Mayo GAA both past and present.

Throughout the years in Mayo GAA we have seen amazing players throughout the years and many whom have earned the right to be known as a Mayo GAA legend.

In today’s post I will be reflecting on the magnificent person and player, a man who redefined Mayo GAA, the legend that is the late Paddy Prendergast.

Having played senior football with Donegal for 3 years, it was only fitting the Ballintuber native would return to his home county to create an amazing legacy that will live on forever.

The Mayo team of 1950/1951 will forever be remembered as trail blazers for the future of GAA.

Each member brought their own attributes to the team which when formed together produced back to back All Ireland’s.  
It was thanks to these men through the years Mayo GAA has become the amazing thing that it is, we had Padraig Carney, Joe Staunton, Mick Flanagan, Paddy Prendergast, there will never be players like them again, truly one of a kind.
Being known as one of the best full backs to ever play the game, it was no question that Paddy belonged in the Mayo jersey.
As history says he should have another 2 All Irelands, seeing the heart warming picture of Paddy proudly holding his much loved All Ireland medal, that is what GAA is all about.
Mayo’s Ballet Full Back was a devoted supporter of his native Ballintuber and would often make the to matches from the kingdom and never forgot his roots.
Paddy was always one for laughing off the famous curse and was sure to let people know what he really though of it ! 
He may not have got to see Mayo capture another All Ireland but I’ve no doubt he will be looking down on the lads with pride once county resumes.
I think one of the best things about Paddy was whenever he was on the pitch he would command the attention from spectators, he will forever be known as one of the best to ever play the game but of all he will forever have a special place in the hearts of Mayo GAA fans.
Rest in peace Paddy, 
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Chloe Lynch

I'm Chloe Lynch a GAA journalist from County Mayo.
I've been writing for over a year, some of you might know me best as The Girl That Writes About Mayo GAA.
My main goal while writing is to give back to the players within the GAA.
I have had my work read by members of the Mayo panel.
I hope you enjoy this blog as I share my passion for GAA with you.

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