Paddy Mo won his first All-Star while still a teenager in 1972 with his second coming in 1977. In 2009 the Wolfe Tones’ man was named one of the Top 125 GAA Greatest Stars. Today Paddy’s son, Finian, continues the tradition of representing club and county.
Paddy’s highest score tally for Armagh was 2:4 against Laois in Portarlington in the 70s. Scoring 10 points against Lámh Dhearg in the Aghagallon Tournamnent in the early 70s, he was rewarded with an unmerciful wallop on the back of the head from a female assailant. His most memorable match was the 1977 Armagh v Roscommon replay which Armagh won securing a berth in the All-Ireland final against the eventual winners, Dublin. A forward in the drawn game, a fortnight later he was drafted to halfback for the replay.
Paddy was never sent off the field of play.
Moriarty would encourage players to enjoy their journey and not to be too serious. There is, he feels, a general and unwelcome drift towards over-seriousness in our games, even at underage, with financial concerns exerting an excessive grip on our affairs. Moriarty managed the senior county team from 1988 to1991 and farsightedly brought Joe Kernan on to that managerial team. He currently chairs the vital county Hearings Committee.
Paddy has fond memories of the 1982 trip to America, which was organized in conjunction with Roscommon. They played a match in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. For this groundbreaking venture the players needed hardy constitutions, as rest and abstemiousness were in short supply.
Moriarty is not an Armagh surname. Paddy’s parents moved from outside Killarney to Aghacommon. His father trained greyhounds on the Loughshore close to what is now the M1. From his father Paddy got his love for GAA. He can still hear the voice of Mícheál Ó hEithir from the Sundays of his childhood.
Paddy is solicitor based in Lurgan and is married to Una. They have four children; Eimear, Patrick, Finnian and Maebh.
By Réamonn Ó Ciaráin – Irish Language/Cultural Officer Irishculturalofficer.email@example.com