Willie Joe Padden - Hall of fame 2013

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Kick Fada Hall of Fame 2013 – Tuesday, 27th August, 2013

Wj PaddenBray Emmets GAA Club are delighted to announce that former Mayo star Willie Joe Padden is this year’s inductee into the DAA (Dublin Airport Authority) Kick Fada Hall of Fame. At a ceremony in Croke Park on Tuesday,  27th August, Padden received the honour in the company of previous  Hall of Fame winners including Jimmy Keaveney and Mickey Whelan of Dublin and Mick O’Dwyer and Donie O’Sullivan of Kerry.

Willie Joe Padden is a former Gaelic footballer who received two All Stars awards and represented Mayo in the 1989 All-Ireland Final, a game which they lost to Cork. His son Billy Joe Padden also played for Mayo and Armagh at inter-county level. Born in Belmullet on 6th February 1959, Padden started playing Gaelic football at the age of 11. His talent was evident from a young age, so much so that he played Minor football for Belmullet GFC aged 14! By the time was 16, he had already begun playing Senior Club Championship for his hometown club and not surprisingly, he was called into the Mayo Minor panel that same year. In 1977, the year in which he turned 18, he played for Mayo at Minor, U-21 and Senior levels, including captaining the Mayo Minor team to a Connacht title. A year later, he lined out in a National Football League final against Dublin in Croke Park. During his playing career, which ended with his retirement aged 34, Padden won one Minor Connacht title, one U-21 Connacht title and five Connacht Senior titles. With his club Belmullet GFC, he won various honours, which included a County League and two Gaeltacht Championship medals. Padden received many personal accolades for his time in the green and red of Mayo, culminating in All Star awards in 1985 and 1989. He was also named Mayo Footballer of the Year twice and Mayo Personality of the Year in 1990. Considered to be one of the finest footballers to have played for Mayo and spoken about in the same breath as Tommy Langan, his legendary status in the West was cemented when he was voted 4th best ever Midfielder in the Irish Independent newspaper.