Cloone GAA would like to extend its sincere sympathy to the McCrann family on the death of Paddy McCrann Mount Ida Cloone. Paddy better known as ‘Stonewall’ was a stalwart of Cloone GAA with his career extending from 1942 to 1959. During this time he won five Leitrim senior championship medals, and was part of the famous three in a row championship winning teams of 1946, and 47 when Cloone beat Aughawillan, and 48 when Cloone beat Aughavas. Paddy was also a member of the Cloone team in 1950 when Cloone beat Sean o Heslins and in 51 when Cloone beat Carrigallen Harps. Paddy also won a Connacht Junior Championship medal with Leitrim in 1952.
Paddy first came to prominence as a key player with the Cloone minor team of 1944. Things were so much different back then as Paddy and his colleagues walked to Ballinamore for the match, as there was no transport available. Of course there was no such thing as after match meals back then, and it reported locally that they helped themselves to some refreshments from a window sill in the greater Fenagh area on their way home. This game was played in the days prior to Christmas. It seems fixtures were a problem back then as well and the CPA weren’t even heard of.
From 1952 Cloone were greatly depleted and went of existence until 1958 and once again when Cloone fielded a team Paddy ‘Stonewall ‘McCrann was again togged out manning his customary right corner back position in the blue and gold of his beloved Cloone. Paddy gave sterling service to Cloone Gaa over a long number of years and with his great recollection of events back then, he was always available to recount stories of the glorious years of Cloone GAA. To his sons Michael, Paudge, Aidan, Kieran and Donal, his sister Bridget and his extended Family we extend our sincere sympathy.