Bottom: John Farrell (IHSL), Dairmuid O’Connor, Kenneth Kinsella, Jordan O'Reilly, Daniel Moore
PQ: “Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I’d get the chance to represent my country it’s the best thing in life a dream come through “
Since our all Ireland finals in late April the coaching staff at IHSl (Irish Homeless Street Leagues) have been working closely with a panel of players from which the final eight players that will represent Ireland in the 2018 Homeless World Cup finals were chosen.
It was a difficult task for the coaches as the level of skill and commitment among the players was very high but decisions have to be made and while there was disappointment among those who didn’t make it this time, there is always the possibility they could be chosen for next year’s event. A player can only represent his country once at the Homeless World Cup so every year it opens up a fresh opportunity for new players.
The team this year has a good cross country mix with lads from Cork, Limerick, Ennis, Clare and Dublin.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I’d get the chance to represent my country it’s the best thing in life a dream come through “, said Daniel from Blanchardstown, Dublin on been chosen.
While Edward from Cork enthused “It’s unbelievable, to be a part of this great experience”, Coach Thomas Morgan while congratulating the lads on making the team told them that the hard work begins now, “It’s a very competitive tournament, there are over 48 countries taking part and each of those teams are skilful, competitive and well prepared so nobody can afford to take their foot off the gas.”
As Sean Kavanagh who has been bringing a team to the Homeless World Cup since 2003 says “this tournament provides a platform for lads to move forward in life the dedication and application they have shown proves it’s never too late to chase goals and fulfil your true potential”
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