Pat Murphy, A Tribute


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. 

Deirdre Uí Rathallaigh
Cathaoirleach - CLG Cill Droichid

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