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Ireland national 5-a-side football team loses pair of games to FC St. Pauli

Two groups of players mixed posing for picture. The Irish national side and Image credit: Blind Football Ireland

Yesterday in Dublin at the fields for Ballymun United FC , the Irish national 5-a-side football team lose a pair of games 0 – 4 and 0 – 4 to the German club side, FC St. Pauli.  The team is scheduled to play a third match later today.   The pair of friendlies follow another pair of friendlies played two weeks ago against the Czech side, Avoy MU Brno.



The team includes Brian DevanneyDonnacha McCarthyJohn DohertyKevin KellyMatthew Kearney and Paul Costello.  Most of the squad is very young, born before 1987, and have only playing blind football for about a year. Costello is the oldest member of the team at 27.


Blind football is relatively new to Ireland, with a talk of national development program having only started in late 2011, and only appear to get up and organized in late 2013.  The national domestic tournament for blind football is only five years old.


Laura Hale
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Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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