# Paul McGrath

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# walls of fame
'It's so much more than just a picture on a wall' - When sport becomes art
A walking tour of sports-related street art in Dublin.
All time
'He personifies the national struggle in so many ways' - How Paul McGrath embodies the Irish story
Donal Ryan is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.
# ooh ahh Paul McGrath
'He also said he hoped I prove him wrong and that’s certainly the intention'
Paul McGrath has said he doesn’t believe Stephen Kenny is the right man for the Irish manager’s job.
# The County Sheriff
Paul McGrath at Derby County: an Irish football legend's last dance
It’s 25 years since one of Ireland’s greatest embarked on his final season in the Premier League.
# recognition
Irish football legends Paul McGrath and Anne O'Brien inducted into hall of fame
It is the second successive year that both a male and female football personality have been given the award.
# memory lane
Becoming friends with Christy Moore and making up with Alex Ferguson after upsetting Man United exit
Paul McGrath was a guest on RTÉ Radio 1′s ‘Des’s Island Discs.’
# Sportswriting
Late nights, dark places, and knowing when to pull back - The Art of Ghostwriting
We talk to Vincent Hogan, Paul Kimmage, Christy O’Connor, Keith Duggan and Dion Fanning about what goes into writing a sports autobiography.
# almost but not quite
'I don't regret it, I don't hold any bad feelings. Things happen for a reason'
Cork’s John Murphy on breaking through at Aston Villa, marking David Beckham and what might have been.
# heroes and villains
'Smashing football' and self-doubt: Deadly Doug, the 'nearly' years and Aston Villa's Irish contingent
The recent passing of Doug Ellis brings back memories of the club’s push for success in the mid-90s.
# Big man
'Most remarkably of all, this was him at his peak': When the Pearl shone brightest
It’s 25 years since the icon was crowned the PFA Player of the Year.
# Ray D'Arcy Show
Paul McGrath had a very cute reaction when his granddaughter told Ray D'Arcy he's her favourite person in the world
Little legend, big legend.
# Legend
'I don't subscribe to all that stuff about having too much money. I love living a quiet life'
Coming up to 20 years since he last kicked a ball, Paul McGrath remains one of the nation’s most likeable and admired sportspeople. The former Ireland international sat down with The42 during the week to look back on his distinguished career and life after football in Wexford.
# Respect
'See you in Wexford' - The sports world reacts to Kevin Doyle's retirement
Shane Long, Paul McGrath and James McClean were among those to pay tribute to the former Ireland international.
# legendary
'The epitome of a street footballer': Robbie Keane celebrated and honoured at FAI awards
There were a string of contributions from the likes of Brian Kerr, Paul McGrath and Damien Duff.
# The Twitterati
AP McCoy's statue, St Patrick's Day vibes and Ireland call-ups - it's sporting tweets of the week
Chris Shields, John Egan, Alan Shearer and Luke Fitzgerald also feature.
# Compassion
'I was at a point of crisis in my life' - How Graham Taylor saved Paul McGrath's career
Former Aston Villa boss, who died today aged 72, had a huge impact on McGrath’s life and career.
# Remember when
'Jack tells the press that Fifa are playing with our lives. He warns that someone could die'
In an extract from his recently released book, Jason McAteer looks back on the highs and lows of the 1994 World Cup.
# Interview
Ron Atkinson on the Desailly controversy, Paul McGrath and his best-ever signings
The former Manchester United manager chats to The42 about an eventful career in football.
# Reaction
Paul McGrath slams Aston Villa players for not respecting the club
The former defender claims recently-departed manager Remi Garde was badly let down by his men.
# Claim
'The current Irish team is miles away from '94 and '02 sides'
Jason McAteer suggests the sides he played in were far superior to Martin O’Neill’s men.
# essential reading
Why Conor McGregor is UFC's most important fighter - 50 of the best sports articles of 2015 (part 1)
Also, ‘The Education of Alex Rodriguez,’ Kerry GAA’s lost years and parallells between Roy Keane and Bobby Moore.
# essential reads
Paul McGrath profiled, Ronda Rousey speaks out and all this week's best sportswriting
Also, the reaction among former NFL players to Will Smith’s latest concussion movie is analysed.
# fyi
Where are they now? The last Irish team to play Poland away in a Euros qualifier
Ahead of this tonight’s vital Euro 2016 qualifier, we recall a similarly important game game 24 years ago.
# Ooh Aah
There was an Irish legend at the All-Ireland qualifier at Wexford Park yesterday
Paul McGrath was present as Cork got the better of the Model County.
# Ooh Aah
Villa fans will pay tribute to 'God' tomorrow for Paul McGrath Day
“The best ever to wear the claret and blue.”
# Auction
Paul McGrath raised €400 for charity by auctioning off his Second Captains t-shirt
The former Ireland international raised the money for A Buddy for Nicole.
# Stars
Power ranking the 9 best-ever non-Irish-born players to represent Ireland
Will Jack Grealish join this illustrious group of players?
# get stuck in
After McClean's bone-crunching challenge, here are 4 more memorable Irish tackles
Paul McGrath, Roy Keane, Jason McAteer and Richard Dunne all make our list.
# going global
BOD, Paul McGrath, Donal Walsh and 13 GAA stars in Gizzy Lyng's brilliant hurling video
The video is to coincide with the launch of World Sports Team.
# twitterati
Paul McGrath has man flu! It's the sporting tweets of the week
Also featuring Shane Long, Brian O’Driscoll and Conor McGregor.
# wednesday
We'll Leave It There So: Sexton and Roche get nominated, Scottish Cockneys and all today's sport
Also, the controversy surrounding Ched Evans’ return to football continued.
# ooh ahh
'There are some very Cockney accents in the Scottish squad but I wouldn't question them' -- Paul McGrath
McGrath is confident that Ireland can go to Scotland and win.
# Twittersphere
Say cheese, lads! It's the sporting tweets of the week
Also featuring Colm Cooper, Gary Lineker and a load of Vincent Tans.
# The Jersey Boys
When men became Giants: an oral history of Ireland 1-0 Italy, USA World Cup 1994
On the 20th anniversary of one of Irish football’s most famous days, we revisit the story with the people who made it happen.
# famous footsteps
7 great Irish contributions to League Cup finals
Sunderland captain John O’Shea will seek to follow the example of these talented Irishmen.
# dublin spire
Here's what Twitter thinks the Dublin Spire should be named after
Bono, obviously.
# Winner alright
Tony McCoy named RTÉ Sportsperson of the Year
There was also success for Davy Fitzgerald and the Clare hurlers.
# Ooh Aah
25 brilliant images of Paul McGrath
The legendary former Ireland international turns 54 today.
# Fans Favourites
Flashback - Who were your childhood soccer heroes?
Paul McGrath, Roberto Baggio, Niall Quinn and Matthias Sammer are selected by our writers. But who was your favourite?
# Support
O'Neill and Keane pairing 'a dream for Ireland' - Paul McGrath
The former defender believes the assistant-in-waiting has what it takes to be a number two.