Paddy Quirke - Carlow Dual player who could have played with any county but remained loyal to his club & county
Paddy Quirke became one of the most respected players of his generation wearing the black and amber of Naomh Eoin and the green, red and yellow of Carlow. His peers in the game also knew that Paddy could shine even against the legends of hurling and football and during a long and illustrious career he earned the right to be chosen for Leinster in hurling and also football when the Railway Cups had great appeal amongst fans.
A sojourn through Paddy’s career profile of medals won in gaelic games in Carlow and on the national stages of hurling and football, will reveal that this player from a minnow county, is indeed worthy of the highest recognition in any Hall Of Fame collection.
A marvellous lenghty career, never sent off, dual player, trainer and even a delegate for his county to the Leinster Council, epitomises the drive and commitment of Naomh Eoin’s Paddy Quirke.
Tony Doran of Wexford fame said
‘Paddy was a player of such calibre he would have been a major asset to my own county, Kilkenny, Cork or Tipp, but a Carlow man he was and a Carlow man he stayed. One of the really best around for many years and also he had style and great strength in abundance’.
Naomh Eoin Appreciation for Paddy’s
‘This Is Your Sporting Life’ Tribute in February 2009by Derry JF Doody.
Men may come and men may go but Paddy Quirke’s name will rest with the greatest. For nigh on three decades he adorned the gaelic playing fields of Ireland in hurling and football.
The pride he exhibited for gaelic games spilled over to the men he played beside. The rank and file supporters who travelled everywhere to see his majestic prowess kicked every ball, caught every sliothar and felt the pain when he was down injured.
Our fans rejoiced at his skills when he outplayed his opponents and when the game was won or lost, simply stood in awe at another maestro performance.
Our club, Naomh Eoin, were endowed with a truly great son of the parish and we are mighty proud of the mammoth role he undertook for our club, on and off the field.
Gura Mhile Mhat Agat a Padraig - Naomh Eoin CLG
Roll Of Honour:
15 County Senior Hurling Medals:
12 County Senior Hurling League Medals:
1 Co. Junior Hurling Medal: 2000
4 Co. U21 Hurling Medals: 1972/73/74/75
1 Co. Minor Hurling Medal: 1973
CLUB FOOTBALL H0NOURS:
1 Co. Senior Football Medal 1986 (Double)
1 Co. Senior Football League Medal 1973(Div.1)
1 Co. Intermediate Football Medal 1996
INTER - COUNTYHONOURS - AWARDS
AND OTHER G.A.A. SERVICES
3 National Hurling League Medals 1974/78/81
1 Keogh Cup Medal 1986
2 Railway Cup Hurling Medals 1977/79
Chosen on Railway Cup Hurling teams
1977 (sub); 1978/79/80/81
Chosen on Railway Cup Football teams
1 National Football League Medal 1985
1 Leinster Special U21 Hurling Medal 1974
Dual Replacement All Star 1980 (Man of Match V Kerry)
Represented Ireland (Shinty) V Scotland 1979
6 Eire Og All Star Hurling Awards 1973/76/78/79/85/93
4 Eire Og All Star Football Awards 1975/76/81/85
1 Carlow Special Award 1980
Inter County Hurling Career Debut 1973 V Down
Retired 1990 V Kildare - C’ship
Inter County Football Career Debut 1973 V Dublin N.F.L.Retired 1988 V Dublin C’ship
Played 31 Carlow Co. C’Ship Finals Hurling and Football including replays
Carlow Senior Hurling & Football Teams
Played 104 Hurling Games & 100 Football
Carlow Teams Of The Century
Chosen Midfield Hurling Centre Forward Football
Trainer To Naomh Eoin Senior Hurlers 1975/85/86/87/88/89
Football Trainer 1985
Trainer To Carlow Senior Hurlers 1986/87
Carlow Co. Minor Champion
Never Sent Off In Entire Career
Carlow Leinster Council Delegate: 1980; 1981