Dicksboro GAA Club

 

Paddy Grace

 

Paddy Grace was born in Palmerstown, a stone's throw from the present Dicksboro grounds.  By the time he was nine years old he had won his first county medal as a member of his local St. Canice's school team which captured the Browne and Nolan cup in 1929.  Paddy helped C.B.S win the Leinster junior colleges hurling final in 1934.  He collected three minor medals with Éire Óg in 1932, 1934, and 1935.  Also with Eire Óg he won Junior(1936) and Intermediate honours(1937).  He helped Carrickshock to the record four-in-a-row senior titles(1940-1943).  He also won junior football honours with Éire Óg(1937) and a senior with St. John's(1948).  He won county medals in six grades.

 

Paddy joined his native Dicksboro in 1945 and played on the'Boro team that won the 1950 county senior title.  He continued to hurl with Dicksboro right up to 1957.  He first donned the black and amber jersey at the early age of fifteen years when he gained his place on the Kilkenny minor team.  The following year he captained the Kilkenny minor team which scored a memorable win over arch rivals Tipperary in the All-Ireland final.

 

In 1938 he was introduced to the Kilkenny senior side when he played against Limerick in a National League game at Nowlan Pk.  He retained his position at corner back with the county until he retired in 1950 and during that period he won All-Ireland medals in 1939 and 1947 and a Railway Cup with Leinster in 1941.

In 1948 Paddy Grace took over as county secretary, a position he held until his death in 1984, and during that record-breaking period in office endeared himself tp players and public alike.  As a spokesman for his county at National level, his uncompromising stance on numerous occasions won him the utmost respect and esteem throughout the country, as did his unique personality and deep understanding of hurling and hurling people.  

 

 

  

Paddy Grace in action in the 1946 All Ireland Final against Cork