It is with profound sadness that we learned of the passing of our Honorary Life President, Pat Murphy. RIP.
Pat was a dedicated GAA man involved in many capacities in Celbridge GAA over the years, from his early playing days in both codes to his numerous administrative roles.
He was first elected club chairman in 1968 at the age of 28 and went on to hold the position for 10 years. Pat also held the positions of treasurer, county board delegate and juvenile chair when the club hosted Warrenpoint (Co.Down) for Féile in the 70's before returning as chairman again in the 90's.
Pat was instrumental in securing the grounds of our club home on the Hazelhatch Road in 1984. He was a regular attendee at fixtures and in recent years enjoyed watching games from the VIP section of the main pitch.
We were recently honoured to host Pat and his family back at the club after a long closure due to Covid 19. Pat was a son of Owen "Skipper" Murphy, captain of the winning Celbridge side of the 1921 County Hurling Championship which was commemorated only last Friday and now part of the permanent display in our clubhouse.
Pat was an lifelong supporter of all Celbridge teams and a loyal Kildare fan. We have lost a true friend, a gentleman, a Celbridge GAA man.
Rest in Peace Pat.
First and foremost Pat was a dedicated family man and on behalf of the club executive and members we extend our sincere sympathy to sons Eoin & Eamonn, daughters, Mairéad, Edel and Aideen. Grandchildren Rebecca, Emmet, Darragh, Anna, Conor, Lauren, Ryan, Amy, Adam and Eabha. Sons in law Padraic and Matthew, daughters in law Marie, Ursula and Helen, brothers Jack and Owen, sister Patricia, sisters in law, brothers in law, nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and neighbours.
Reposing at home on Wednesday evening (April 13th) between 6pm and 8pm with prayers at 7.30pm. Removal to St. Patrick's Church, Celbridge on Thursday morning (April 14th) arriving for Funeral Prayers at 11.00am followed by burial in Donacumper Cemetery.
To honour the centenary of the 1921 winning team, the club’s very first Kildare senior championship title, we will be hosting a special evening this Friday in our clubhouse from 8pm.
The 1921 hurling final was delayed because of the civil war and our official commemoration has also been delayed somewhat by the Covid pandemic.
We will be unveiling a very special commemoration to the Celbridge team, captained that day by Owen ‘Skipper’ Murphy. We will be joined by family members including some of the children of the players that lined out against St.Conleiths on April 29 1923.
Please join us to honour the men that won the 1921 county championship and remember our history with some stories and refreshments.
You Don't Have to be a Star at Underage to be the County Captain
Mick O’Grady has been described recently as Mr. Consistency. The modest and unassuming Celbridge club man will make his 77th appearance for the Kildare senior footballers this Sunday against the Dubs in an already sold-out St.Conleth’s Park, Newbridge in round 4 of the Allianz National Football League. Named captain of the county senior footballers for 2022 by Glen Ryan and his management, this will be his fourth league game to lead the Lilywhites. The fact that he is the very first Celbridge man to be named captain of the Kildare senior footballers in the 137-year history of the club is both a huge honour for him as he says and the north Kildare club.
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Fr Fogarty blew the final whistle shortly after 4pm, and with that, the Celbridge supporters within the large crowd in attendance at the Dominican College grounds in Newbridge that late April Sunday afternoon in 1923, cheered their victorious hurlers.