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Never mind Rio, Croker is where it's at for Paul McGinley

The Dubliner will be in GAA HQ to support his home club’s bid for glory tomorrow.

Paul McGinley will travel from the UK to support Ballyboden's All-Ireland bid after a recent trip to Rio.
Paul McGinley will travel from the UK to support Ballyboden's All-Ireland bid after a recent trip to Rio.
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PAUL McGINLEY HAS been a busy man over the past few weeks, recently visiting Rio to review the Olympic course in his capacity as head of the Irish golf team, but the Dubliner will be back in his native city to support a cause closer to home on St Patrick’s Day.

The Rathfarnham man will travel from the UK to attend tomorrow’s All-Ireland club finals at Croke Park and cheer on his home GAA club, Ballyboden St Enda’s, as they bid to claim a first All-Ireland senior football title against Castlebar Mitchels of Mayo.

“It’s a club that means a lot to me and I know it’s a big club, the biggest in the country, and I think it’s a great thrill to see them getting to Croke Park,” said McGinley, who played from under-12 up to senior for ‘Boden, and expects a tough clash at GAA HQ.

“They’re up against very strong opposition, I’ve been following all their matches like I always do and it should be a great occasion,” said the victorious Ryder Cup captain.

“Any occasion in Croke Park is a great one and it’s always a thrill for me to get there and experience real, authentic Irish culture,” added McGinley, whose father Mick played senior football for Donegal.

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