Sergeant Patrick Griffin, of Aillebrack, Clifden, Co Galway, was a prominent Army athlete in the early 1930s. A native of Waterford, he joined the Army in 1922, serving at Dun Ui Mhaoiliosa, Galway, as well as Cork and Limerick, before coming to Clifden to organise the FCA during the Emergency.

He was a member of the first Galway football team to play in the Aran Islands and he won several Army honours with the First Battalion, Galway, where he spent most of his early career. He was All-Ireland Army Triple Jump titleholder in 1932-33 and was also a first-class javelin thrower.

Paddy Griffin died in 1974 and was survived by his wife, Mary, and nine children. Griffin Law was named in his memory.