Tipperary County Museum honoured one of Clonmel’s sons recently, when it mounted a display to show the sporting achievements of Patrick Mulroy of Scrouthea West, just outside Clonmel.
Patrick was presented with the great honour of seeing his medals and Irish blazer displayed as part of the museum’s recent acquisitions exhibition. The whole display was put together with flair by Marie McMahon, Curator . Alongside the medals, there are photographs of him captaining the Irish team and proudly carrying his country’s flag at the World Olympic Trap Clay Pigeon Championships.
The well-put together collection was launched by Deputy Mayor Andy Moloney who spoke of how appropriate it is to honour the achievements of Clonmel’s citizens, particularly in sports and activities that do not always get national recognition.
Patricks cousin, retired Chief Superintend Garda John McGroarty, also of Clonmel, regaled the visitors to the museum of Paddy’s ability to bag two rabbits for the pot using one cartridge and his aunt’s farm gun when he was still in short trousers in the 1940s.
‘If he only had one cartridge we knew there would be one unlucky rabbit that morning.’ His cousin remembered fondly.
Patrick was born over his parents bar on the corner of Parnell Street and Anglesea Street, eighty-one years ago. While he was a town boy, he grew up shooting rabbits and crows on his aunt, Katty Gavin’s farm outside Cahir.
The boy who could shoot two rabbits with one shot would, as a grown man, represent Ireland many times as a clay pigeon shooter. He was many times Irish Champion. He also won gold medals in the British Grand Prix as well as competing successfully for Ireland in Spain, France, Italy and Argentina. The highlight of his career was winning a gold medal at the World Championships in 1974 in Seoul, South Korea.
As he was presented with the spectacle, Paddy, a quiet man who was clearly surprised by the great honour was joined by his wife Maureen and family including his son Billy, and daughters Mary and Shirley, grand daughter Zoe, cousins Mary and Eleanor McGrath, John and Maura McGroarty and Maurice Power, Mickey Connors as well as friends and well wishers.
The exhibition will run for a month and after that the items will join the museums extensive sporting archive.