Paddy Cullen

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Patrick Cullen (born 18 October 1944) is an Irish retired Gaelic football Manager and former player. His league and championship career with the Dublin senior team spanned thirteen years from 1966 to 1979.Born in Stoneybatter but raised in the North Wall area of Dublin, Cullen was introduced to Gaelic football by the Christian Brothers at St. Laurence OToole National School and later at the North Strand Vocational College. He joined the OConnell Boys club straight after finishing his schooling and enjoyed a club career that spanned four decades from 1959 until 1982.Cullen combined both Gaelic football and soccer in his youth and developed a reputation as a fine soccer goalkeeper when he played in the local street leagues. He later lined out with McNaughtons in the Athletic Union League. Cullen made his debut on the Gaelic football inter-county scene when he captained the inaugural Dublin under-21 team in 1964. Two years later he made his senior debut as a late call-up at full-forward against Derry during the 1966-67 league. After impressing in a tournament game at Easter 1967, Cullen was selected as Dublins first-choice for the championship. Over the course of the next thirteen seasons, he won three All-Ireland medals, beginning with a lone triumph in 1974, followed by back-to-back titles in 1976 and 1977. He also won six Leinster medals, two National Football League medals and four All-Stars. Cullen played his last game for Dublin in September 1979.After being chosen on the Leinster inter-provincial team for the first time in 1974, Cullen won his sole Railway Cup medal that year as a non-playing substitute.In retirement from playing Cullen became involved in team management. He served as manager of the Dublin senior team from 1990 to 1992 and guided the team to Leinster and National Football League titles.

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