‘He’s always wanted a Rahilly’s room’ – Dad gives son’s bedroom dream GAA makeover

A father has fulfilled his GAA-mad son’s dream by giving his bedroom an amazing Rahilly’s-themed makeover.

Paul Duffin transformed his nine-year-old son Mark’s room into a Rahilly supporters’ paradise.

The bedroom features black-and-white walls to represent the Clonoe club’s trademark colours.

Pride of place: The Clonoe O’Rahilly’s crest on display

It also includes a custom-made O’Rahilly’s crest and framed photos showing the club’s star footballers in action.

The room even has bunkbeds so that Mark, a St Patrick’s Annghmore pupil and Clonoe under-10s player, can have friends sleep over.

Clonoe jerseys ready for the next match

Father-of-three Paul said he worked over the new year to complete the room makeover.

The 34-year-old welder and musician, from Collowen in Coalisland, said:

“Mark is Rahilly-mad and has always wanted a football room.

“Getting my cub to keep it tidy is another battle!”

Wall of fame: Framed pictures of O’Rahilly players in action

Paul spent about £60 on the DIY work and the crest was made by Carrickfergus-based firm Signscript.

He said:

“We got a few action shots of players past and present to frame and hang on the walls as well as the crest.

“The O’Neill cup itself on a shelf would look well also!

“The bunkbeds are the result of Mark’s own money. He wanted them for sleepovers so he bought them himself with his birthday money.”

Rahilly fans: Paul Duffin and his son Mark

Paul, originally from Cookstown, said he has had a very positive response to the room.

“There have been a few people asking about the crest – ‘Where can I get one?’ seems to be the main question.

“Even my old Cookstown buddies have liked it – now their kids want a Fr Rocks room.”

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