Sunday, 14 November 2010 19:01
The Mayo athletic world is mourning the passing of 51-years-old Pádraig Cullina, secretary of Mayo Athletics Club. His passing, following a short illness, evoked a sense of tremendous sadness and loss. Having taken up athletics in 1980, Pádraig made an outstanding contribution to the sport as an athlete, an event organiser and administrator. Over the past 30 years he competed in track and field, cross-country and road racing events, winning numerous county, provincial and national medals. Originally he competed in the colours of Claremorris AC but, in 1987, he was one of the founding members of Mayo AC and without doubt
was one of the driving forces behind the club's many successes in the past 23 years, holding numerous official positions including secretary for the past seven years.
Pádraig was a regular medal winner at the AAI Masters Track and Field in recent years and competed for the last time at the National Masters Outdoors finals at Tullamore last August winning a silver medal.
He was one of the leaders of the Mayo AC Fit4Life Group based in Claremorris and he was also involved in many community organisations in his native Irishtown.
In a tribute, the chairman of Mayo Athletic Club, Michael McGrath, described Pádraig as 'a unique person'.
He stated: "Padraic Cullina was a unique person and a great friend, a man who devoted his life to his family, his local community and the sport of athletics.
"The high esteem in which he was held was illustrated by the large and representative turnout at the funeral ceremonies. He will be a huge loss."
His remains were removed from Carey's Funeral Home, Ballindine, on Friday evening Irishtown Church.
Burial took place in Ballindine Cemetery on Saturday following Requiem Mass for the repose of his soul.
Deepest sympathy is extended to his wife Marie, sons Kevin and Joseph, daughters Laura and Jemma, his parents, sister and family.
May his gentle soul rest in peace.