Patrick (Paddy) O'Connor (known as Paddy Otter because he loved fishing) was born in 1871 in Kilbaha, Newtownsandes (now Moyvane), Co. Kerry. He was the eldest of the six children born to William O'Connor and Johanna Cunningham.
Paddy married Hannah Ahern and lived in Beenbrack, Lisaniskea in Knockanure, Co. Kerry. They had no children. Paddy lived into his nineties and was still cycling up to shortly before his death in 1963.