Over 40s soccer tournament on in Limerick this weekend

Pat McKeown: backing charities
THE annual over 40s Soccer tournament which has raised over €250,000 for local charities in the past 30 years will be held this Saturday and Sunday.

THE annual over 40s Soccer tournament which has raised over €250,000 for local charities in the past 30 years will be held this Saturday and Sunday.

It is 31 years since the inaugural tournament and big crowds are expected in Pearse Stadium, Janesboro this weekend to cheer on their teams.

From humble beginnings it has grown in stature and is a regular highlight on the local soccer calendar, incorporating the Christy Ryan Memorial Cup.

Last year’s event proved yet again to be an unqualified success, drawing large attendances on both days. This ever-popular event is enjoyed by all in the true spirit of sport.

All monies raised are for the sole benefit of nominated local charities. The 2012 tournament raised over €12,000 for them.

“We are happy that once again the efforts of our players, sponsors and advertisers will translate into much needed funds for the following local Charities,” said Pat McKeown, one of the organising team.

The charities to benefit include Bawnmore School for Special Children; Dochas – Hope for People with Autism; The Friends of the Elderly and Lisnagry School of Children with Special Needs.

“Over the past 30 years the committee to date, through the combined efforts of all involved, raised over €250,000 in direct contributions to those charities who continue to depend heavily on voluntary assistance,” said Mr McKeown.

The souvenir programmes have become collectors’ items and contain many old soccer photographs and related articles.