Sinn Féin spokesperson on Arts, Sports and Tourism Sandra McLellan TD today welcomed the Irish Homeless World Cup team to Leinster House. The team finished 16 of 48 teams at the World Cup in Mexico this month.
At a reception in the private dining room in Leinster House Deputy McLellan welcomed the team and made a presentation to goalkeeper David Byrne who was voted Goalkeeper of the tournament in Mexico this month.
Speaking at the reception this evening Deputy McLellan said:
“On behalf of Sinn Fein, our Housing spokesperson Deputy Dessie Ellis and myself it’s a great pleasure to welcome Ireland’ Homeless World Cup Soccer team, their mentors and friends to Leinster House.
“Today is about honouring the players who represented Ireland in the World Cup in Mexico namely; David Byrne, Ollie Carroll, Ian Gannon, Paul Fitzsimons, Michael Nevin, Keith Hogan, Wayne Reid, and Garreth Lynch.
“During the tournament the Irish team played teams from Brazil, Ukraine, Poland, Argentina, Portugal, Norway, South Africa, and Scotland.
“The Big Issue league now has tournaments in towns and cities across the country. In total over 500 young people compete in street leagues. The leagues culminate with an All-Ireland final that brings teams from North and South to participate in a one day event. Out of this tournament the current group of players were selected to represent Ireland.
“Particular congratulations must go to David Byrne in recognition of his personal achievement in being voted goalkeeper of the tournament.”