first_imgFORMER Celtic and Man United great Paddy Crerand has spoken of how humbled he was to be given the Freedom of Donegal.Members of his extended family were in the council chamber on Friday as Mayor Frank McBrearty presented the honour.Pat Crerand was born to Irish immigrants in the Gorbals area of Glasgow on 19 February 1939. His father was Michael Crerand from Newtownstewart, County Tyrone and his mother was Sarah ‘Tim’ Boyle from Gaoth Dobhair, where he spent much of his childhood. He married Noreen Ferry, a Scottish girl also of Irish descent, in 1963. They have three children, Patrick, Lorraine and Danny. He also has eight grandchildren.After six years at Celtic (120 appearances, 5 goals), he signed for Manchester United on 6 February 1963, and went on to win league and European honours.The Mayor, elected members and staff of the Council will be joined by Mr. Crerand, his family and invited guests at this special event which will recognise his connection to Donegal as well as all the wonderful achievements both on and off the field throughout the years.Said Mayor McBrearty: “It was a huge honour for me personally and for the council representing the people of Donegal to honour a true sporting legend. “In the year of the Irish Gathering and valuing our Donegal diaspora it is an honour for us to recognise those overseas with a connection to Donegal and how their connection has shaped their lives and achievements.“Paddy is an absolute gentleman who has never forgotten his Donegal roots and his family were so proud of him.” SOCCER LEGEND PADDY GETS FREEDOM OF DONEGAL was last modified: June 8th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SOCCER LEGEND PADDY GETS FREEDOM OF DONEGALlast_img

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