In everything that Paul did or said, there was authenticity, generosity and sincerity. Paul was a quiet unpretentious man, who none the less, commanded instant respect. He was universally popular and in his business, social and sporting activities he had admirable gravitas. His opinion and advice were widely sought and freely given, and his friendship highly valued. His quiet sense of humour and wry remarks showed his sharp mind. He was of course, a brilliant and successful accountant. He was a most companionable man and at that pre-professional stage when there were many away rugby trips, he was on board, and was terrific fun; often late into the night. Paul was at school at St Mary’s College from junior school to intermediate certificate, then finishing in Rockwell College. He won a Leinster Junior School’s (JCT) cup medal while at St Mary’s College. He left school in 1965, then joined St Mary’s College RFC, a member of which he then was for his life, making very notable contributions to it in many ways. He played hooker and had a most enjoyable and successful career in junior rugby. He was a determined and skillful player and most of all, a true sportsman. He later became an astute rugby pundit. When he retired from playing he remained deeply involved in club activities. He was for many years a team selector and a member of rugby council. He served as chairman of rugby council in the early 90s.
Paul also served on committee and was intimately involved in financial planning and club development. Indeed he was a generous financial contributor to club and its development.
As a notably popular and effective president, in a fruitful and enjoyable season 1994-95, he was involved in the planning for the highly successful club refurbishment and extension of the late 90s.
Paul remained active after his presidency, and up to his recent illness was a regular supporter at games and social occasions. He was ever dapper and had an enviable range of hats which helped pin point him at games. It was always good to be greeted by his warm smile and handshake. His closest pals, like Brian Swift, Dudley Shanley, Brendan Spring and Alberto Andreucetti will miss him very much from the terraces and the club house. We shall all miss him.
Paul, and Adele his wife, were childhood sweethearts and remained sweethearts for life. Adele was also involved in club activity and support. They were a very popular couple.
The comment that was most likely to be heard about Paul was:- Isn’t he a gentleman? And he certainly was.