John Giles will lead the way on charity walk in Limerick city

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

THOUSANDS of people are expected to turn out to walk with Irish soccer legend Johnny Giles in the city this Sunday.

THOUSANDS of people are expected to turn out to walk with Irish soccer legend Johnny Giles in the city this Sunday.

Over 2,500 have signed up for the charity Walk of Dreams event, which aims to raise funds for Giles’ foundation that in turn pumps funds back into club and community projects involving football both in Limerick and around Ireland.

A huge number of clubs and community groups from county Limerick turned out for the event last year. Giles himself will personally take part in the walk before driving back to Dublin to take part in RTÉ’s wrap-up of a nailbiting Premier League finale that evening.

While there are over 20 walks taking place nationwide, the Limerick event is the sole one taking place this Sunday, allowing Giles himself to come to the city to take part in the charity event.

The soccer pundit will join the Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Jim Long, in officially opening the new all weather pitch at Our Lady of Lourdes community centre before the walk begins on Sunday.

The event is intended to raise money for local clubs, community groups and the sporting community, and is supported by Three and the FAI.

Kieran Ryan of Limerick Regeneration, the main driver behind the project, explained that it will be a family-friendly event and that all are welcome to take part, right up until the day itself.

“The pitch will be open to kids before the event and the walk will begin at 12pm,” he explained.

The opening ceremony will take place at 11am. It is a short walk, about 1km, leaving the community centre and walking to the nearby Roxboro Road roundabout and back.

Giles’ Walk of Dreams took place in Limerick last year and kids from soccer clubs all over region took part. The Leeds United legend said he hoped clubs in Limerick would support it when he visited the pitch in Weston to promote the event recently.

“The more the better - the walk is for the clubs themselves, they keep half the money, half goes into the foundation and that goes back in grants so whatever they raise is for themselves,” explained Giles.

For more information on the walk contact Kieran Ryan on 061-221914.

The organisers of the walk have given the Limerick Leader a pair of tickets to give away for Ireland’s friendly with Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Aviva stadium on Saturday May 26 at 3pm. Email click here with your contact details and answer the following question: With what English team did Giles make over 380 appearances?