Tuesday 20 February 2018

Where are they now? Paul Carr (Former Donegal footballer)

Paul Carr remains the youngest player to represent Donegal, having made his debut for the county at 16 in 1978, though he would have to wait a decade before winning an All-Ireland title.

It is hardly surprising that in his long inter-county career, Carr considers Donegal's triumph over Dublin in the 1992 All-Ireland final as his finest moment with the county. "It was a great feeling, a great lift, a great achievement for the team and the county," he says.

However, the following season proved to be a huge disappointment for Donegal. They were, quite literally, caught cold by Derry in the Ulster final in shocking weather conditions. Many including Carr feel the game should have been called off due to the adverse conditions; however it went ahead and Derry won by two points, ending Donegal's hope of back-to-back All-Irelands.

"It was a wash-out, the conditions were very bad," says Carr. "We felt we had another All-Ireland in us, you felt if you won that day we could have done it again".

Carr views the work of Jim McGuinness and the well-being of the current side in a positive light. "I'm very impressed with the whole approach. The level of commitment and togetherness in the team is very encouraging."

He agrees with the general consensus that today's match will be a close affair. "It will be extremely tight, one or two points in it, a low-scoring game. Hopefully Donegal by one or two."

In relation to the championship as a whole, Carr believes it's been decent this year. "From a Donegal perspective, it's been great; overall, it's been a reasonable championship, better than the last few years."

Carr thinks that while football has changed quite dramatically in some ways, certain core truths will always exist. "There's more of a tactical approach to the game now and it's more scientific but at the end of the day it's still 15 on 15 and guys have to give their all for themselves and their team."

Carr stopped playing in 2004 but is still heavily involved with St Eunan's GAA club in administration and coaching of underage teams. "You'd love to still be playing, I always joke I'm half retired."

He works as an accountant and lives in Letterkenny.

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