Paddy is my paternal grandfather’s (Bill McCormack) first cousin. I never knew my grandfather, so meeting Paddy and his wife Maura in 2009 was a real treat for me.
Paddy and Maura have been married over sixty years. Paddy was a member of the 1949 County Laois hurling squad, runner-up in the All-Ireland final to County Tipperary. He’s a local legend, and he has a great memory for stories of the old days. Maura is sweet, has a fantastic sense of humor, as well as a bit of a determined streak. When we visited last September, Maura had recently undertaken the large job of painting the outside wall, “It needed painting, the state of it!” They are just a neat couple.
Maura, Paddy, and their seven children (as well as their niece and nephews) have gone a long way to make my family feel welcome every time we visit. We are very lucky to have such wonderful family in Ireland.
Photos by Regan McCormack
April 17, 2013 at 10:55 pm
Nice. Everyone’s favorite grandmother and grandfather.
April 18, 2013 at 2:40 pm