Colonel Paddy is how the late Colonel Robin Blair Mayne DSO (Three bars), Africa Star, Légion D'Honneur, Croix De Guerre & Palm, co founder of the SAS is known is his home town of Newtownards, Co. Down. Col. Paddy won numerous other medals during World War II
Robin Blair Mayne born at Newtownards, Co. Down on 11th January 1915 - died in a motoring accident near Newtownards on 14th December 1955. His reputation as a tough man was gained in the Boxing ring (he was the Irish Universities Heavyweight Champion) and on the Rugby field (six caps for the Irish Rugby team and a member of the 1938 British Lions tour). It preceded him wherever he went. He became a legend in his own lifetime. Whenever someone today mentions the name Colonel Paddy many people are able to provide their own anecdote about the man.
by Criostoir Hulme December 07, 2005