He led the Trade team in InterTradeIreland from its inception and his ability to work with wit, humour and good natured charm ensured that he forged a legacy of building relationships both business and personal that will withstand for years to come.
Outside of work Paddy had many interests, none more so than his love of his dogs, Dún who was his faithful companion for over 15 years and Jessie. His love of the outdoors and in particular, Dingle and the Kerry peninsula meant that he was happiest when on the beach with the pups on summer and Christmas breaks.
The other great interest and indeed love outside of InterTradeIreland was Paddy’s avid and most knowledgeable dedication to Gaelic football. As a player in his youth, a Coach to the Minors and his position as Ballyholland GAC Secretary for over 20 years is testimony to this. His sporting interest and general knowledge meant that he was a force to reckon with at Pub Quiz’s and indeed he was the InterTradeIreland Quiz Master for many years at our Annual Christmas get together.
It is by InterTradeIreland staff, past and present, that he will be most missed, especially within his team. Paddy provided a network of contacts and knowledge of AA route finder that was to be revered. Yet, most importantly, he provided a friendship to all who met him and an openness to engage. He was the person you could ask if you needed a favour and he would always oblige. His good nature and insight meant that all who met him remembered him and indeed his phone was always one of the busiest with calls.
In a world of ever changing business environments, Paddy’s legacy demonstrates that ultimately it is people and the ability to engage, irrespective of views or purpose that ensures success. It has been a privilege to have worked with him and learnt from him and all at InterTradeIreland are proud to have called him our friend.