Paul Mc Girr was a typical 18 year old, exuberant and full of the joys of life and he loved nothing more than spending time with his family and wide circle of friends. He was an avid sports fan, having played numerous sports, most notably Gaelic Football, and partook in a Leisure Studies course at Fermanagh College of Further Education.
Paul was a native of Garvaghy, Ballygawley, with whom he played club football until his family moved to Dromore in 1992. He then began a successful club career as a talented forward with Dromore St Dympna’s.
In addition to club football, Paul played school football for St.Ciaran’s High School, Ballygawley and Fermanagh College of Further Education. These successes at schools and club level soon drew the attention of the Tyrone minor management duo of Mickey Harte and Father Gerard McAleer and in 1997 Paul was selected as a member of the Tyrone Minor squad, a feat he was extremely proud of.
Strangely enough for someone so clearly identified as a Tyrone player, it was in Fermanagh colours that Paul Mc Girr won an All-Ireland medal with Fermanagh College in the Vocational Schools Cup in the year before his death. This trophy has now been recommissioned in his name.
2007 was the 10th Anniversary of Paul’s untimely death and in his memory we have established the ‘The Spirit of Paul McGirr’. Our aim is to work closely with projects already underway in various parts of Africa, namely Zambia, which have been set up by the SMA Missionary priests. During his teenage years, like many of his St. Ciaran’s classmates, Paul spent many happy summers at Dromantine Boys camps, and the ethos of the SMA Fathers and their work in the developing world was instilled in Paul and was very close to his heart.
Affiliated football teams
- Errigal Ciaran
- St Ciaran’s High School Ballygawley
- Dromore St Dympna’s
- Fermanagh College of Further Education
- Fermanagh Vocational Schools
- Tyrone Minors
What his teamates had to say
Kevin O’Brien & Joe Campbell (Tyrone Minors 1997 and Dromore team mates forever).