THE passing last week of former Nemo Rangers and Seandún chairperson, Paddy Quinn has been mourned by many who had the privilege of working alongside him at club and divisional level.
Mr Quinn served both units of the association with great efficiency and dignity and oversaw many changes in both.
He made important contributions at club and board level for many years and spoke powerfully on many occasions at county convention.
Former Seandún secretary Dónal O’Connor remembers him as a person who worked tirelessly for any unit of the association that he was involved in.
“Yes indeed, Paddy was a hugely enthusiastic figure in relation to all things city division during his term as chairman and vice-chair before that.
“He started as Nemo’s board delegate and he was a person who took great pride in representing a club that meant so much to him.
“He was at the helm here in the city at a vibrant time in the division when we played anything up to 800 games a year and had 30 competitions running.
“Ballinlough was the centre of activity and Paddy was always there in a working capacity and it was a hectic time.
“He worked for some time in the Imperial Hotel and was responsible in getting much needed sponsorship from them which, of course, was very beneficial.
“He was a great man to contribute at our meetings and on my own behalf I want to extend my deepest sympathy to his family.”
Former Cork All-Ireland winning player and manager Billy Morgan was a personal friend of Mr Quinn and he fondly remembers him as somebody who contributed largely to making the Nemo club the vibrant unit that it is today.
“Paddy never played the game but he was a great administrator in our club. He came from Capwell Road which was a great Nemo territory and from a very early age he became a supporter and that developed into him becoming an official at various levels in the club.
“He was treasurer, chairman and president of Nemo and he was hugely honoured at being chosen for the latter.
“He took immense pride in travelling around the country as our club president and representing us in that role.
“He was not afraid to speak his find on different matters and he could be very firm in his viewpoint.
“ He was very involved in the club during a lot of our successes and was a great supporter in the development of our new complex in Trabeg.
“He could be a bit of a rogue as well and we had great banter many times at card games in the club and he had so many friends in Nemo.’’
Former Seandún treasurer, Derry Collins also paid tribute to the late Mr Quinn.
“Yes, I was treasurer when Paddy was chairman and the first thing that I would say is that he was a very progressive person, he got things done.
“He was great to do that if he set out to do something he did his best to get it done and done right.
“He had a great work ethic where the city division was concerned. He was firm but very fair and he was a person who got great enjoyment out of his involvement.
“He got in some very good sponsorship and he certainly contributed largely to the strength of the division.
“We had some very good times in Ballinlough and he will be missed by his many friends, Mr Collins told the Echo.
“On a personal level, myself and Paddy were very good friends for many years since we got to know each other in Ballinlough a good few years ago now. In recent years his health was not as good as he would have liked it to be but, at the same time, he never lost that wit and banter that he enjoyed so much.
“First and foremost his family meant everything to him and his great friends in Nemo Rangers were hugely important to him too.
“He had many friends all over the country, up in the West in Roscommon and Sligo where he used to travel regularly.
“I will miss our regular Thursday mornings cups of tea and coffee.”
May he rest in peace.