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Re: Antrim Football Thread
« Reply #16875 on: November 14, 2018, 10:11:19 AM »
Paul McKeever was a gentleman on and off the pitch. A tragic loss to his family and everyone who knew him

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« Reply #16876 on: Today at 04:56:01 PM »
Paul's funeral is at 11am on Saturday morning in Portglenone. The turnout for his wake has been nothing short of phenomenal, and a testimony to the esteem that Paul was held in family, community, business and sporting circles.

A huge percentage have been from the GAA, with hundreds of high profile players, managers, referees and officials lining up for hours to pay their final respect. A special mention to Tyrone Gaels who turned up in huge numbers, many All Stars amongst them, and also the entire Coalisland team, complete in club gear who queued for 2 hours just to gain entrance to the Paul's house where he is reposing. Coalisland were managed by Paul's brother John for several seasons and it was obvious a special relationship existed between them.

Pauls passing will cast a huge shadow in the parish, but he leaves behind a rich legacy, amongst that, an under 8 team that he was hugely influential in developing that took part in many top blitz competitions throughout Ulster, generally performing with distinction. The club will remember this year group as Paul's team.

At sad times like this you really do see the very very best of the GAA at work....sometimes we are far too hard on ourselves!