Manchester United legend Paddy Crerand will return to his Gweedore roots for a St Patrick’s weekend live transmission of his MUTV programme.
The Paddy Crerand Show will be beamed out from Ostan Gweedore, the well-known hotel owned by the 72-year-old’s family, on Monday, March 19 at 6.30pm. The manager of the hotel, Hugh Tim Boyle, who is a cousin of Crerand’s, feels the tranmission will be a he boost to the area.
“MUTV do four or five outside broadcasts each year and we’re delighted to be chosen as one of them,” Boyle said. “The fact that it’s St Patrick’s weekend and Paddy’s mother was from the area and it’s a home from home for him means it’s something he wanted to do.
“Paddy still spends a lot of time in the area, particularly in the summer in the close season, when he has more free time from his television commitments. Because of Paddy’s closeness with the area he told us he would love to take the television show over here and we’re delighted to have heard the news last week that we were confirmed.
“The full show will be broadcast live and although none of the guests have been confirmed for the programme, the fact it’s St Patrick’s weekend means MUTV are looking for an Irish influence. MUTV has a worldwide audience and is hugely popular in the UK and the Far East so it’s a great opportunity to showcase the parish and the area.”
Crerand was born in the Gorbals in Glasgow, the son of Sarah Tim Boyle from Gweedore and Michael Crerand from Newtownstewart, Co Tyrone. After losing his father as a young boy in the World War II, he joined Celtic as a teenager and played 120 games for the Parkhead side between 1958 and 1963, before making his way to Manchester United.
He helped United to the league championship in 1965 and 1967 and won winners’ medals in the 1963 FA Cup Final and 1968 European Cup Final. Crerand represented the Scottish national side on 16 occasions and was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame last year. He retired in 1971, having appeared in 401 games, scoring 19 goals for United and was manager of Northampton Town in 1976–77. As a pundit, Crerand covered Manchester United matches on local radio in the 1980s and early 1990s before joining the club’s official television station.
Tickets, priced at €15 for the event on March 19, are now available from Ostan Gweedore. Call the Ostan on (074) 9531177.