Round Tower’s Paddy Delaney. Picture: Tommy Keogh

ROUND Tower GAA Club has lost some iconic figures in 2015. Amongst others, John Mulholland, Aidan Dardis and most recently Paddy Delaney have all made their final trip to Monastery or Convent Road this year.
Figures like those three are the reason there is a network of support available at a club like Tower’s when such a loss occurs not only to the club, but to the community.
Delaney’s passing last Friday resulted in hundreds of tributes pouring on, whether it be true word of mouth in Clondalkin or from all over the world online.
The club’s official tribute was particularly touching as any. It read: “Paddy Delaney is synonymous with Round Tower GAA Club. When Tower’s supporters travel beyond the parish and introduce themselves, they’re asked of Paddy Delaney. His name is associated with our proud club across the country.
“Over five decades, Paddy dedicated himself to Round Tower GAA Club. It was a constant in his life. He was a player, a mentor, manager, served on our executive, our chairman, vice-president.
“He marked the pitches, hung the nets, cut the grass. He was an incredible supporter of our esteemed club, both on the playing pitches and off it.
“We could wish for no better. He was our representative in Dublin GAA circles, a proud ambassador of our club and the Clondalkin community.
“We’ve lost our best supporter. He touched thousands of people. His funeral is testament to that. We reunited members of our 1965 championship final team in the club last June. Paddy and his playing comrades shared stories. That team come together once again this week to say farewell. The 1989 championship winning Under-21 team were guided by Paddy. They are devastated by his passing.
“His influence never waned. With his great friend Bernie Cronin, he mentored our junior B footballers to an unbeaten league campaign last year.
“He spoke passionately of the team and what it was accomplishing. Paddy was a constant on the side of our playing pitches, supporting our teams home and away, offering guidance and support.
“For Paddy’s family, the hearts of Round Tower GAA Club go out to you. To his loving wife Esther, sons Tony and Pat, daughters Leona and Mairead, sisters Breda and Ann, brothers Dermot and Gay, and extended family, we extended our deepest sympathies.
“We are blessed he settled in Clondalkin and served our club. We are very proud to have called him our friend and cherished to have had him in our lives. Ar dheis De go raibh a anaim.”
Tower’s chairman Niall Connaughton penned his own words for Paddy, echoing the thoughts of the club and the wider community: “Paddy was Tower’s to the core and if you’d cut him, I’m almost sure he would have bled green and white. His role with the club in every position imaginable spanned decades and his association with the Clondalkin area is a long one.
“Our club will not be the same in his absence but it wouldn’t be what it is today without him and people like him – a number of whom we have lost recently.
“We owe him the respect of ensuring that this huge input is remembered and revered and that it is used to inspire current and future generations to safeguard the future of the club.”