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Girish Paul
Girish Paul
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Inspiring pupils to soar like eagles... priceless

TELL us about yourself;

I’m Girish Paul, singer-songwriter and special needs teacher of English, Science & Mathematics currently employed at Colaiste An Chraobhin in Fermoy and embarking on an exciting Tour of County Cork with my ever popular solo tribute to The Beatles in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.

Where were you born?

In a hole in the ground (quite literally) in the State of Gujarat in rural India, close to the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi.

Where do you live?

Glanmire.

Family?

I have been blessed to have been adopted by an Irish family in County Cork and County Waterford, an English family in North Wales, and an Indian family in England.

Best friend?

My beautiful border collie, Sally.

Earliest childhood memory?

Hearing my late father’s true story of how as a six-year-old in 1930 he witnessed the arrival in his rural village of Mahatma Gandhi on his historic Salt March that finally set the wheels in motion towards India’s independence in 1947.

Person you most admire?

Mahatma Gandhi.

Person who most irritates you?

Donald Trump.

Who would you like to see as Minister for Finance?

Michael O’Leary.

Where was your most memorable holiday?

To County Cork when I resided in the UK. I toured here in 2004 to promote my Album A Hundred Miles To Go and fell in love with the place and its warm, friendly people.

Favourite TV programme?

Mastermind.

Favourite radio show?

Liveline.

Your signature dish if cooking?

Rogan Josh.

Favourite restaurant?

Lal Quila in Douglas.

Last book you read?

Foundation by Isaac Asimov.

Best book you read?

George Orwell’s 1984.

Last album/CD/download you bought?

Pink Floyd’s The Wall Live.

Favourite song?

Let It Be by The Beatles.

One person you would like to see in concert?

Paul McCartney.

Do you have a pet?

Yes.

Morning person or night owl?

Night owl.

Your proudest moment?

When my song Wedding Bells was chosen for the BBC’s coverage of The Royal Wedding in 1986 of Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew, broadcast nationwide straight after the World Cup Soccer Final of that year.

Spendthrift or saver?

Spendthrift.

Name one thing you would improve in your area in which you live?

Potholes.

What makes you happy?

Inspiring my students and subsequently seeing them soar like eagles against all the odds as a result. Priceless.

How would you like to be remembered?

As a bloke who did his best.

What else are you up to at the moment?

After the tour ends, I’ll be releasing my new album JourneyMan worldwide. The music video for the Christmas single off the album entitled A Christmas Night, cut at Abbey Road Studios, is out on Youtube in time for the festive season. The message of the song: If you don’t believe in angels, think again!’

ABOUT THE UPCOMING TOUR:

Girish Paul is going on the road to perform The Beatles’ greatest hits across the county in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.

The Christmas tour got underway in Fermoy on October 29 and ends in late December in Ballydehob, West Cork.

Girish, a teacher at Fermoy’s Colaiste An Chraobhin Secondary School, decided to tour in aid of the Irish Cancer Society after a hard-working colleague was diagnosed with cancer.

“Thankfully, our colleague appears to be fine now, and as I’d planned a tour in 2018 to promote the release of my new album Journeyman, I decided to bring my plans forward and go on the road before Christmas instead.

“The amazing work of the Society is ongoing and funding for research is always in short supply, so I hope that audiences all over the county will come along to enjoy a trip down memory lane.”

Every year in Ireland, 40,000 people get a cancer diagnosis.

The Society is reliant on money raised by the public to fund its work and money raised from the tour will help fund research and provide vital services such as the Society’s Night Nursing service, which delivered 536 nights of care to 163 patients in Cork last year.

It will also help fund the two Daffodil Centres, based in Cork University Hospital and Bon Secours Hospital. The service allows people affected by cancer to speak directly to a Cancer Nurse and to avail of information about cancer. Last year the two centres in Cork received 6,518 contacts from members of the public.

Girish Paul’s tribute to The Beatles tour includes the following dates:

Saturday, November 11, O’Donnells Bar, Glanworth, 10.30-12.30pm

Friday, November 17, The Silent Banjo, Kinsale, 10.30-12.30pm

Saturday, November 25, The Huntsman, Belgooly, near Cork Airport, 10.30-12.30pm

Saturday, December 2, The Eldon Hotel, Skibbereen, 10.30-12.30pm

Saturday, December 9, The Quarry Cock Bar, Cobh, 10.30-12.30pm

Saturday, December 16, The Bulman Bar, Kinsale, 10.30-12.30pm

Friday, December 22, The Irish Whip, Ballydehob, West Cork, 10.30-12.30pm.