Over the years we had many people who gave of their time to help promote female cue sports in Ireland, the late Paddy Comerford was certainly one of these great people.
Paddy’s involvement in both Snooker and Billiards stems way back to the 1940’s when he made an impact both, as a player and referee. Paddy would be better known in the wider snooker community for his refereeing. He went through the various standards over the years to reach his goal to become an examiner and was very proud of his achievements.
He would go on to become one of the first referees from the Republic of Ireland to officiate on the World stage and travelled all over the World representing his country with great pride.
Paddy once said “that he witnessed women playing snooker at a club in 1954” he immediately took interest in helping females to take up the sport and compete in competition, he was a visionary of the sport and while serving on the National Control Council at the time, took time out to promote the sport of snooker for women.
Paddy was part of negotiations at the committee meeting in 1986 when RILSA was officially formed and was instrumental in its set up thereafter, joining the committee as an advisor.
Paddy was elected President of The Republic Of Ireland Ladies Snooker Association in 1994, a position he held until 1996 when ill health took him away from the every day running of cue sports here in Ireland. A great ambassador for us and indeed snooker and billiards within the Control Council at the time. He will always be remembered for his great work, kind manner and always helpful towards our organisation, a true gentleman.
Thank you Paddy