Swilly-Finn Harps game called off due to death of Paddy Sweeney   24/02/2017

Sunday's 4 Lanterns Ulster Senior League game between Swilly Rovers and Finn Harps Reserves has been called off as a mark of respect to the late Paddy Sweeney, the Swilly club President, who died overnight, aged 93.


A former manager, Paddy led Swilly to their two FAI Junior Cup wins in 1962 and 1967.

He played in the Swilly teams of 1953 and 1958 that reached FAI Junior Cup finals, but lost out to Evergreen and Virginians.

He had played for, among others, Strabane United, Coleraine, Ards and Glenavon and won an IFA Junior Cup in Strabane’s colours, alongside Donegal men Brendan McDaid and Paddy Harte.

He turned to management and led Swilly to Junior Cup final wins over Castleview (62) and Orchard (67). In ’62, Swilly became the first Donegal team to win the Junior Cup.

A lifelong contribution to Swilly included the aiding of the purchase of Swilly Park, then known as O’Brien’s Field, as he raised money all around the county by selling tickets on his travels for McDaid’s.

The Ulster Senior League would like to convey our deep sympathies to the Sweeney family at this sad time.

Aged 93, Paddy Sweeney is survived by his wife, Noreen, sons Sean, Garrett, Paul, Dermot and Garvin.