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Belfast man (57) dies in Tenerife after falling down hotel steps

Paul McNulty (57), from the Four Winds area of south Belfast, died in Tenerife on November 9 following a fall
Marie Louise McConville

A BELFAST man has died in Tenerife after falling down hotel steps - five years after his father also died suddenly on holiday.

Paul McNulty, who was 57 and lived in the Four Winds area, was returning to his hotel room in the Los Cristianos resort on November 9 when he fell and sustained a massive head injury.

It is understood that the father-of-three died at the scene despite attempts by a surgeon and a GP, who were also staying in the hotel, to save him.

His remains arrived back in Belfast on Monday ahead of his funeral tomorrow at the Good Shepherd Church, Omeau Road.

His death comes five years after his 74-year-old father Brian also died in Spain.


Brian McNulty died suddenly in Benidorm in May, 2017


The father-of-five, who was originally from Ardoyne in north Belfast but lived in the Four Winds area, had been on holiday in Benidorm in May 2017 when tragedy struck.

A former newsagent and one-time owner of The Penny Farthing Bar in Donegall Street, Mr McNulty suffered from heart disease.

His family said he fell ill after watching the FA Cup final and died in hospital the following day.

Some of the same family members who were on that holiday, had also been away with Paul, including his mother, Marie and sister Andrea Matthews.

Ms Matthews said the family had had a "brilliant time" during the 10-day break, adding that Paul's tragic accident had happened on the final night.

"My mummy ran down and tried to get him up but he was unresponsive," she said.

"By the time I got there, the doctors were performing CPR.

"Me and my mummy and brother sat there with him covered in a sheet."

Ms Matthews, who had to phone her sister Barbara-Anne with the devastating news, said her brother would be remembered for his "heart of gold".

"Even on the last day of our holiday, he was looking to buy his grandkids presents," she said.

"He would have left himself short to make sure everyone else got. He was always more than generous.

"He was the first person on the dance floor, even if he was the only one. He was a good laugh. He was the life and soul of the party.

"Everyone remembers the way he laughed. He was friends with everybody. He was kind-hearted," she said.

"We are heartbroken. It is utter devastation and shock."

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