So sad to report the passing of Ballinabrackey legend Pat Dalton.
Truth be told but no finer man led Ballinabrackey onto the field of play. Pat Dalton served the club at various committee levels, including the prime roles of secretary and chairman. He was the very life blood, the soul, the beating heart of the Bracks for many decades.
Pat had battled illness for ten years but as on the football field never threw in the towel.
He captained the Offaly border club to Meath junior championship honours in 1985. One recalls the quarter final win over Simonstown.. Scores were at a premium on a dank, soggy day but the leggy, dark, curly haired Pat strode in from his midfield position to shoot a vital 1-1 at the midway stage of the second half. A narrow 1-4 to 0-6 victory was forged.
Pat's firm Dalton Engineering sponsored Ballinabrackey GAA for many years and in 1989 he proudly accepted the Meath Clubman of the Year award.
His wife Sheila, a tremendeous committee worker also for Ballinabrackey, likewise passed onto pastures greener in July 2017. But the great Dalton GAA tradition lives on with their sons Alan and Aidan and daughters Elaine and Sharon heavily involved with the Bracks.
Ar dheis De go raibh a anan dilis.
Funeral arrangements for Pat Dalton:
Reposing at his home from 1pm on Friday with Rosary at 8pm. Home private on Saturday morning. Funeral Mass on Saturday in the Holy Trinity Church, Castlejordan, at 12noon. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.