Monaghan, Eileen

Brownstown hurling club lost one of its most loyal supporters on April 8 2013 when Eileen passed to her eternal reward. Eileen was predeceased in 1989 by her husband and Brownstown stalwart Paddy, after whom the U12 competition run by the north Westmeath club is named.

Paddy worked tirelessly to promote underage hurling in Brownstown, receiving great support from his wife who accompanied him to every game. She also entertained the GAA folk who called to the family home to have meetings, pick teams or just simply to organise a few hurls for the gasuns - the word Paddy used to describe his U12 and U14 teams.

On Grand National Day, Paddy would bring up to 25 young hurlers from the training field to the Monaghan household to watch the race, and Eileen's hospitality would again come to the fore when everybody would be treated to soft drinks and crisps.

Following Paddy's untimely death, Eileen continued to support the club at functions and games. She never missed the Paddy Monaghan underage tournament at which she presented the cup and medals to the winning team. Eileen also attended the annual Brownstown hurling club draw where she was called upon to draw the tickets.

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