Festival of Football for Cork

Cork has been at the centre of Irish soccer in recent days and weeks with the Liam Miller match and then Cork City being the last Irish team left in Europe. They went down 2-0 to Rosenborg last night but the focus will remain on Ireland’s second city over the next seven days as the FAI’s Festival of Football visits over 40 clubs around the county.

The Festival is part of the build up to next week’s FAI Annual General Meeting taking place in the City.

Over the next seven days, the FAI will visit 40+ clubs around Cork to see the crucial work that is being done at grassroots level in the county.

Now in its 12th year, the Festival of Football will be led by FAI CEO John Delaney, who will be part of a delegation that includes FAI President Tony Fitzgerald and numerous former Republic of Ireland Men’s internationals and current Ireland Women’s national Team players.

This is the first year the Festival of Football has been in Cork, following previous visits to Kerry, Mayo, Monaghan, Wexford, Clare, Donegal, Wicklow, Westmeath, Sligo/Leitrim, Tipperary, and Kilkenny.

The Festival of Football concludes on Friday, August 17th with the annual FAI Delegates Dinner, on the eve of the AGM. The winners of FAI Communications Awards will be revealed on the night.

The following entries (in no particular order) have been shortlisted in each category:

Best Feature (Written or Broadcast)
“The lost genius of Irish football: Remembering Liam Whelan, Dublin’s Busby Babe” – Ryan Bailey (The42.ie)
“‘You are always questioning yourself’ – Pain of Ryan McBride’s death still felt by Derry City” – Marie Crowe (Sunday Independent)
“Education: Life Beyond Soccer” – Tom O’Connor (ExtraTime.ie)

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