‘Win or lose he is a hero’

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Since news of Paul McCloskey’s World Title Challenge, Dungiven Parish Priest, Fr. Aidan Mullan has quietly been doing all he can to support the hometown hero.

Whether it was including the 31-year-old European champion in the Prayers of the Faithful to promoting Dudey Fest or helping request stewards for Monday’s homecoming in the chapel bulletin, he has never said ‘no’ to requests for help.

“It’s marvellous. This is an occasion for the whole community. It’s lifted community spirit and brought the community together.”

Tomorrow night, the respected cleric will be praying for a good seat at St. Canice’s GAC to watch McCloskey in action against Amir Khan. He jokes he’ll be wearing McCloskey’s colours, saying: “Of course, I’ll be wearing black and white!”

Describing McCloskey as an “inspiration” , Fr. Mullan said: “I always say to people, Paul is the type of fella any mother would want their daughter to marry, but of course we haven’t got enough men in Dungiven to give the world! Paul is just a lovely, down to earth fella. I see him in the schools with the children and he is such a role model to them. He’s an inspiration.”

Fr. Mullan added: “Regardless of what happens Paul is a hero. We are proud of him.”