Mayo GAA have paid tribute to GAA legend Paddy Prendegast.
In a statement they say:
“Paddy was one of the greatest players ever to pull on the green and red of his native County.
A two time All-Ireland winner, the Ballintubber native was known the length and breadth of the country.
He had a commanding presence on the edge of the small square but it was his jovial spirit and unwavering support for Mayo that inspired so many.
Paddy began his football career with Ballintubber GAA before moving as a young Garda in 1946 to Dungloe in Co. Donegal.
He played for the local club in his adopted county and subsequently went on to play for the Donegal Senior team.
In 1948 he was persuaded to play for his native county and went on to win back-to-back All-Ireland finals in 1950 and 1951.
Paddy was a pivotal player in both teams with his high fielding and determination epitomising the team spirit.
Paddy has the distinction of playing for both Ulster and Connacht in the Railway Cup.
Paddy moved to Kerry in the mid-fifties and spend the rest of his life in Tralee.
He never forgot his roots and regularly made the long trip home to Mayo to support his beloved county.
He often spoke about his desire to pass the mantle of All-Ireland winner to a new generation of Mayo footballers but it never materialised.”
Mayo GAA have also extended their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Paddy.
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