Paddy Holden was born and bred in Cabra. He lived in 20 St Jarlath Road and went to school in St Peters school in Phibsboro. There he learned to play football and hurling and it was where he would have made contact with Clan Na Gael GAA Club through the head master, Mr Mossey O’Connor, who was a member of that club. The Barrs lost a star in the making through the local school.
Paddy was soon spotted by the Dublin selectors and he played on the Dublin Minor team that won the All-Ireland in 1958 beating Mayo. Paddy played full back on that team and it wasn’t long till he was moved to centre half back on the Dublin Senior football team of 1962. That year he won his first Leinster Championship title beating Offaly but the team were beaten in the All-Ireland semi final by Kerry.
In 1963 he won his second Leinster Championship by beating Laois. Dublin beat Down in the semi final and beat Galway in the final to give Paddy his All-Ireland medal, although Paddy had to go off injured in this match. Paddy won a Dublin senior football championship medal with Clann Na Gael in 1962 and was picked at centre half back by the then GAA All Stars ’Cú Chulainn’ for the years ’62′,’63′ & 64′. He was also selected for five successive Leinster teams and won two Railway cup medals.
(Pictured above is the 1963 Dublin Senior Football team. Mickey is on the left in the front row)
Micky Whelan was born and bred in Cabra. He lived on Drumcliff Road and went to St Peters National school in Phibsborough. Mickey was a very talented footballer and played for St Peters school were he was spotted by Mossy O’Connor and brought over to Clann Na Gael GAA Club. Again the Barrs lost another raising star.
Mickey won two All Ireland Senior Footbal medals in 1958 and 1963 when Dublin beat Derry and Galway. He also won three Leinster Senior Football Medals in ’62, ’63 & 65. On the club front he won a Dublin Senior football medal with Clanna Na Gael in 1968 and won two more with St Vincents in 1975 and 1976. In 1976 he also won a Leinster and All-Ireland Club medal with St Vincents.
Mickey went into management and has managed the Dublin minor football team 2003, the Dublin senior football team 1996-1999. He has won the Dublin Championship, Leinster Championship and All-Ireland Club Championship as manager of St Vincents in 2008. He is currently a selector on Pat Gilroy’s Dublin team who have made excellent progress in the 2010 GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship.
Micky has been asked a number of times to do a number of training sessions with the Barrs at all age groups over the years and he has obliged the club in his home town of Cabra.