It is with the deepest, deepest sadness and regret that we have to announce that Patrick “Punter” Culleton has passed.
President- Boston Irish Wolfhound RFC
Punter was part of the club during the early years of the Wolfhounds and served in many roles including President in 1997.
From the “History of the Club:”
“Successive tours to New Orleans and Texas in 1990 and 1991 further consolidated the Wolfhounds as a touring side – and would soon lead to the development of a Boston-based men’s club bearing the same name.
A serious neck injury to one of the original club members, Patrick “Punter” Culleton, in a pre-season friendly on Martha’s Vineyard in the summer of 1991, ironically helped to significantly extend the reach of the team well beyond the Rugby field. In response to Punter’s immediate financial needs, the Boston community came out in strength to support the fundraising events generated and organized by his friends and colleagues.
Buoyed by the momentum gathered during this period, the Wolfhounds formally organized and were accepted as members of the New England Rugby Football Union’s Division II in the fall of 1992. In its initial season the club got its first taste of success, with the First XV suffering only one defeat during the fall season, and reaching the Northeast Championships. Clearly, a bright future lay ahead.”
Punter was often seen observing and cheering on the younger Wolfhounds surrounded by friends and loved ones. His legacy will continue to live on through the Wolfhounds shield and the memories of all those he touched.