Irish Independent - Monday, May 17, 2010 (front page)
one Cyril Unforgettable friar shows
off soccer skills
Friars in limerick yesterday shed their habits and sandals in
favour of a soccer kit.
game of the law versus the order the monks took on limerick
gardaí in a thrilling charity match to raise money for
cancer research and the Special Olympics.
Defence Minister Willie O'Dea acted as assistant manager and
his pep-talk seemed to pay off as the monks won 5-3. Seán
Curtain's picture above shows Brother Cyril in action.
Irish Independent - Monday, May 17, 2010 (page 3)
vs the order monks kick habit for
Patrick is tackled by a garda yesterday in the game to raise
money for cancer research and Special Olympics
not have been a match made in Heaven but it's not everyday that
a group of monks shed their habits and sandals in favour of
a soccer kit.
Yesterday it was
a case of the law versus the order when the monks of Moyross
squared up to Limerick gardai in a thrilling charity match.
Quinn, TD Willie O'Dea and Solicitor John Devane enjoy a
Former Defence Minister
Willie O'Dea went on the offensive as he led the Moyross monks
The Limerick TD did
not actually tog out to join the Moyross Monks and a celebrity
panel on the field of play but dispensed invaluable tactical
advice from the side-line at Shelbourne Park before a crowd
of several hundred enthusiastic spectators.
"It's a fascinating
experience to give a pep-talk to a team, to encourage them and
get the best out of them," said Mr O'Dea, who acted as
"I told them
that I had given every member of the media from Cork to Donegal
my commitment that my team was going to win today."
The advice worked
and despite several heroic saves by goalkeeper Garda James Ellard,
the Moyross Monks hit the back of the net five times.
It was enough to
beat the gardai from Mayorstone and Henry Street garda stations,
who scored three goals during the epic 90-minute clash.
Munster rugby hero
Keith Earls, who originally hails from Moyross, was one of the
hundreds of spectators at the game, supporting his father Ger
Earls, who played a pivotal role at centre field, and his uncle
Robert Earls, who scored the first two goals for the Moyross
Former Limerick hurling
captain Ciaran Carey made a smooth transition from the hurling
pitch to the soccer pitch and set up a number of chances on
The charity soccer
match was hailed as a huge success, and the big winners on the
day were Irish Cancer Research and the Special Olympics who
benefited from the proceeds of the fun match. Organiser James
Daly said "the turnout shows that people of Moyross do
He was elated following
the monks' victory over the gardai and said: "They have
to go back to work after this and myself and Willie O'Dea are
Captain and manager
of the garda team, Garda John Noonan of Mayorstone garda station,
was gracious in defeat. "Ah they were very good in fairness
to them. They put a lot of work into it, so congratulations
Dominic, Brother Patrick, Brother Cyril, Brother Dansi and
Father Paulus celebrate their win
Monks Brother Patrick steals possession
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