Martin McGuinness | personal life

Personal life

One of McGuinness's middle names, Pacelli, is after Pope Pius XII (Eugenio Pacelli).[53]

McGuinness attended first St. Eugene's Primary School and later the Christian Brothers technical college, leaving school at the age of 15.[54]

McGuinness married Bernadette Canning in 1974; they had four children, two girls and two boys.[55] He was a fan of the Derry Gaelic football and hurling teams[56] and played both sports when he was younger.[56] He grew up just 50 metres from Celtic Park, the home of Derry's Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).[56] His older brother Tom[56] played Gaelic football for Derry and is regarded as one of the county's best ever players.[57] He had three Ulster Senior Football Championship medals, as well as Ulster Under 21 and All-Ireland Under 21 Championship medals.[58] He supported Derry City F.C. where his younger brother Paul played for the Candystripes.[59]

McGuinness supported Manchester United from the age of eight.[60] McGuinness also had an interest in cricket – sometimes extending his support to the England cricket team, as well as that of Ireland.[61]

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