THE dying has been introduced of Paddy Prendergast, the ultimate surviving member of the final Mayo workforce to attain All-Eire senior soccer glory 70 years in the past.
he passing of this legendary determine, on the age of 95, was confirmed earlier this morning.
Prendergast was full-back on the Mayo workforce that lifted Sam Maguire, back-to-back, in 1950 and ’51 and had been a trustworthy follower of his county in all of their subsequent All-Eire heartbreaks.
The Ballintubber native and former Garda had spent most of his grownup life in Tralee, having been transferred there throughout the Sixties.
Prendergast had been the final beginning survivor of a workforce that has been mythologised much more with the county’s regular accumulation of All-Eire remaining defeats, 11 in whole since 1989 – together with six within the final decade.
Dr Mick Loftus is the final surviving member of the Mayo panel from 1951, though the previous GAA president didn’t characteristic within the decider in opposition to Meath.
Prendergast had beforehand performed at full-back on the workforce that misplaced the 1948 remaining in opposition to Cavan and stuffed the identical position, victoriously, in opposition to Louth in ’50 after which Meath a yr later. He earned the sobriquet Mayo’s “ballet” full-back.
Curiously, he had already performed senior soccer for 3 years with Donegal – the place he was stationed in Dungloe – earlier than getting the decision to play for his native county.
“I believe we had an amazing workforce, I don’t embrace myself in that however we had nice footballers,” Prendergast remarked in a 2017 interview with AIB’s GAA weblog.
“Padraig Carney, Eamon Mongey, Tom Langan and these, . We in all probability ought to’ve received at the very least 4 throughout that interval as a result of we have been disadvantaged of the primary one with the sport reduce quick (within the ’48 remaining) and a gale behind us, with Peter Quinn’s level not allowed – and no retaking of the penalty after a blatant foul. This stuff occur, .”
The green-and-red’s repeated failures to cross the road since ’51 has fuelled the legend of the Mayo curse.
In response to this much-disputed story, a priest put a curse on Mayo soccer after the lorry transporting the victorious ’51 gamers did not pay correct respects to a funeral cortege in Foxford. Supposedly the priest decreed that Mayo wouldn’t win one other All-Eire till all members of the workforce had gone to their everlasting relaxation.
Nevertheless, Prendergast’s spouse Irene informed the Irish Mirror earlier this month, forward of Mayo’s newest failed try (in opposition to Tyrone) to finish their 70-year All-Eire famine: “He doesn’t imagine in that curse.”
She added: “After all, doubtless it could give him larger satisfaction to see them do it and, I let you know what, we are going to have a good time in the event that they win. Paddy has mentioned they’re an exquisite workforce and I’m positive they’ll make it.”