Rathnew and GAA community saddened at death of Pat Mitchell

The community of Rathnew and the entire GAA community has been saddened by the death of Pat Mitchell.

Rathnew GAA club made the announcement this morning on Social Media, which read as follows:

It is a sad day in our great club. In the early hours of the morning we lost our President Pat Mitchell.

Pat has given a life time of service to Rathnew Gaa and his efforts over the years will be remembered by all. He coached some of the best juvenile teams ever to leave this village and was heavily involved in many of our Senior championship winning sides, he will be sadly missed by all in our club.

He moved onto a number of different positions within the county board where he was held in the highest regard. Only 10 days ago he was called upon to present the Minor championship to the victorious Rathnew team.

He was happiest as county PRO I think. You could hear him Sunday night on East Coast Radio, lamenting all the weeks Gaa action with Michael Sargent and many a bus journey home from a Leinster game was called to silence so all onboard could listen in.

He served as commentator and announcer in our county grounds for what seem like forever. The words “A Chairde”, will always hold a special significance to those of us from Rathnew who new him best and we’ll remember Pats dulcet voice echoing around Aughrim whenever we hear the phrase.

We offer sincere condolences to his beloved wife Ann, children Amanda, Alvin, Stephen, Stephanie and Patrice, and all his grandchildren.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

(Picture Dave Barrett)

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