Gardai to take on Limerick youth workers in soccer match

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Garda Stephen Noonan, Garda Conor O'Brien, Garda John Noonan with Don Caulfield, Ger Bowen, Dermot McNamara and Jeff Fitzgerald, Ceim Ar Ceim, Moyross, at the launch of the charity football match. Picture by Dave Gaynor
GARDAI from the northside are to take on staff from the Ceim ar Cheim Moyross probation project in a friendly at LIT this Friday.

GARDAI from the northside are to take on staff from the Ceim ar Cheim Moyross probation project in a friendly at LIT this Friday.

The match has been organised by outreach worker Dean Quinn in the hope of raising money for the project, which provides training programmes to 15 to 25 year olds.

Like many community projects Ceim ar Cheim (Step by Step) has seen its funding cut.

And in a bid to help out, Dean has enlisted the community gardai serving Moyross to take part in the match, which kicks off at 6pm on the sportsfields of the Limerick Institute of Technology.

Dean says children across the city benefit from the service provided by Ceim ar Cheim, located at the Bays in Moyross.

He is hoping to raise €500 from the €5 entry fee, a raffle and support from local businesses.

“Times are tough up there. If people come out in their numbers, it would really make a difference. Every little helps. I would be happy with anything,” he explained.

Dean says any amount of money will really make a difference to the project, saying: “Young lads here have not been on retreats in I don’t know how long. We are even just talking about small things like going bowling.”

He predicted the 90-minute match will be a “cracker” and is quietly confident that Ceim ar Cheim can beat the gardai.

More importantly, he said the game will also demonstrate to local youths that the gardai are friendly people who can be approached for help.

Garda Conor O’Brien, Mayorstone Garda Station, said they will not be revealing their teamsheet until the day of the game.

“We are looking forward to it. It is a great opportunity to play, and have a bit of fun in the community,” he said.

Garda O’Brien is more of a hurling fanbut he is confident that he, and his colleagues, will give the Ceim ar Cheim staff a good game at LIT next Friday. The match starts at 6.00pm on Friday, with an admission fee of €5 for adults, with children going in free.

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