Belfast Telegraph

Ex-NI star Jim Magilton mourns dad

By Allan Preston

Former Northern Ireland international Jim Magilton is in mourning following the death of his father.

A friend of the family told the Belfast Telegraph Mr Magilton had been unwell, but his death had come as a shock to the family.

"Jim's a very emotional guy, he's taken it very hard as he was very close to his father," the family friend explained.

Funeral details have yet to be announced.

Magilton is currently the coach for Northern Ireland's U21 side.

His own international playing career saw him score five goals in 52 appearances.

He signed for Liverpool, Oxford Utd, Southampton, Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town during his 18-year club career in England.

The death follows the passing of the "inspirational" mother of Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern.

Carmel McGovern died at her Enniskillen home on Wednesday. It's understood she was in her early 60s and had been battling cancer for some time.

Her funeral takes place this morning, leaving her home at 10.15am to arrive at St Michael's Church, Enniskillen, for Requiem Mass at 11am, followed by burial in Cross Cemetery.

Mrs McGovern had worked as a nurse in the cardiac unit at the South West Acute Hospital. She is survived by her husband Terry and children Michael, Joseph, Aine, Briege and Catherine.

Despite ill health she still made the journey to France last year to cheer her son on at the European Championships.

She got to witness the 32-year-old's heroics against World Cup holders Germany in the Parc des Princes in Paris, where he let just one goal in.

Gerard Connolly, secretary of Enniskillen Town United, where Michael started his career, said the news was heartbreaking.

"She was a lovely lady," he said.

"I remember when Michael was at Celtic, I met her outside a Celtic shop.

"Someone said to her that she must be very proud of Michael, and she replied that she was very proud of all her children."

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