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Paddy Markham

Not too many people can claim to have a field in a distant country named after them - this honour was bestowed on Clare born, Woodlawn Resident, Paddy Markham of Ballyea when the Gaelic Football Field near East 239th Street was renamed Paddy's Field by Commissioner Henry J Stern to honour Paddy's sportsmanship and leadership.  As many young Clare people knew, Paddy's hospitality was as legendary as his sportsmanship and those young emigrants were welcomed warmly and introduced to the games and many social events.  He began his athletic career hurling in County Clare and it must be a source of great pride for him that the only field in New York built for Gaelic Football was developed by the club founded by Paddy and other volunteers from the Woodlawn community.  They have kept Irish culture and sport alive in New York city.  He was President of the Clare Association from 1970 - 1972.

Location in USA: 
Woodlawn, New York