The GAA Community of Wicklow and beyond are mourning the loss of Arklow man Pat Bracken who’s death was announced on Monday.
Clubs, organisations and individuals have left glowing tributes on Social Media.
An avid Dublin supporter who loved GAA and losing was never an option.
In recent times Pat had won championships in all codes of the game including football, hurling, Camogie and ladies football.
Wicklow ladies football posted ” Saddest of news today as Wicklow Ladies learnt of the passing today of Pat Bracken. Words cannot express our sadness at Pat’s passing. Pat was always a man who seemed to have a good word for everyone and was truly a tremendous coach and trainer. Pat was involved in coaching Wicklow GAA hurling teams, Arklow Rocks Parnell’s, Knockananna and Aughrim as well as our own Wicklow senior ladies team and in the recent past he coached the great Tinahely Ladies team as well as Knockananna Camogie and so many other teams in Wicklow across all codes. We all in Wicklow LGFA, on my own behalf and of course on behalf of the greater LGFA family outside of Wicklow extend the deepest of condolences to Pat’s extended family and his wide circle of friends. Rest now in Peace, Pat – We’ll certainly miss you around the playing and coaching fields of Wicklow and beyond and your help and advice will certainly be sorely missed.”
Popular Wicklow GAA Satire Bill Hill posted
” Sadly it’s with heavy hearts we are writing this piece. The news broke today that Wicklow GAA had tragically lost Pat Bracken, a man who has given more to the GAA in this County than we could ever hope to quantify. A man who we could only attempt to try and cover a small section of an endless amount of teams and clubs he has helped achieve success both as a player and as a coach and he will be mourned the length and breadth of this county and far beyond. A passionate Dublin fan which we tried our best not to hold against him, he was GAA to the very core and when we spoke with him after he coached the Aughrim U-14 team to a historic Feile win alongside his great friend Eugene “Suzie” O Brien, he was quick to point out that it was all about the lads when we mentioned the great esteem in which the young Aughrim players held him which was abundantly evident as they chanted his name on the Bus back to a heroes welcome in Aughrim.”
Patrick (Pat) Bracken, Ballinamona, Woodenbridge. Loving son of Ann and the late Tom. Much loved daddy of Sarah and Aoife. Sadly missed by his sorrowing daughters and their mother Gail, granddaughter Abbie, sister Mary, brother John, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives and a wide circle of friends.
Rest in peace
Reposing at his home on Wednesday from 2pm. Removal on Thursday at 9am to Sts. Mary and Peter’s church, Arklow arriving for Mass at 10 o clock. (Walking from Roundabout) followed by burial in St. Gabriel’s cemetery.
Date of Death: Monday 4th November 2019