It was with sadness that we heard, last Wednesday 22nd April, of the sudden death of Patrick Lewis late of Millmount, Kilmallock.
Pat was a proud member and supporter of Kilmallock GAA and he was a key member of teams in the late 1970s that brought success to the club at a vital time in our history. He was a talented sportsman – he was skillful and strong and determined. Pat Lewis was a stylish hurler, equally strong on the Gaelic football field and an extremely skillful soccer player.
In 1978, Kilmallock captured their first Under 21 hurling title when they defeated Adare in a teak-tough encounter at The Gaelic Grounds. Patrick Lewis lead the attack, bravely, on the day at full-forward.
In conversation with Bernie Savage this week Bernie, who has a photographic memory of all hurling games over many years, recalls that “this Under 21 team was something special – they had an abundance of great players but not only did they have skill but they had heart” Bernie went on to put it on the record that “without Pat Lewis they wouldn’t have reached the final because in the semi-final Pat was unstoppable – he scored a goal and two points to end Patrickswell’s domination of the Under 21 championship”.
Kilmallock GAA wish to extend our condolences at this difficult time to the Lewis family who have been part of this club as players, as committee members and as supporters for many years – deepest sympathies to Pat’s sisters Patricia, Teresa, Annette and Pauline, his brothers Johnny, Michael and Brendan; to his brothers-in-law, his sisters-in-law; to his nephews and nieces and to his extended family; to his neighbours and his many friends.