PADDY CHRISTIE has long been a champion of the people. He was one of the best full-backs Dublin ever had.
Yet even at the height of his career with the Dubs, Paddy found the time to do extraordinary work at his club, Ballymun Kickhams.
Paddy's patient ways encouraged the Kickhams kids to put in the hours to make themselves the best footballers they could be.
And they certainly did that. He was mentor of a gifted squad who lit up the city with the quality of their play. For many, it was the start of their senior career with the club, and indeed Dublin.
And then Paddy went back to the coalface and did it all again.
He's a legend of the'Mun, and now he has been recognised in the National Volunteer Sports Awards.
The presentation took place at the Aviva Stadium. The Minister of State, Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring, did the honours.
The great Ronnie Delany was present. John Treacy too.