Passing of First Team Assistant Paul Straney

The club was rocked on Thursday evening with the devastating news on the sudden passing of First Team Assistant Paul Straney.

Paul joined the club in August under First Team Manager John Young and brought a wealth of experience, enthusiasm and professionalism during very uncertain times.

His support for John, Kilmore Rec. and the players never wavered. He was fiercely competitive but an absolute gentleman into the bargain. He had a deep understanding of the game of football and a genuine passion to pass his knowledge on to young players.

Tributes for the former Cliftonville goalkeeper have been flooding in from all corners of the country as people come to terms with the devastating news.

“The football club has lost a remarkable person” said Kilmore Chairman, Sean McCarthy

“Paul arrived at Kilmore during the summer, his passion for coaching was remarkable, truly professional in his approach and an absolute gent. He’s a massive loss for this club but it wont come close to the loss his family and friends are feeling today. I would like to pass my heartfelt sympathies to his brother David and his extended family at this very difficult time.”

“As a mark of respect, both senior fixtures have been cancelled this weekend and I would like to thank Ballynahinch Olympic and Mourne Rovers for their understanding”

The entire Kilmore Rec. family would like to take this opportunity to thank Paul for his dedication to Kilmore and express our sincere sympathy’s to his family and friends.

He will be sorely missed.


Funeral from his late residence 14 Meadowlands Downpatrick on Monday 18th December at 12.30 pm for 1 pm Requiem Mass in St Patricks Church Downpatrick. Interment afterwards in Struell cemetery.

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