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Maradona handed Gaelic football shirt

MaraEire jpgÉire Óg Fujairah, our very own Gaelic (Irish) football club here in Fujairah have had an extremely busy month. 


Not only has a new ladies team been established but an encounter with a certain famous Argentinian football coach made the club worldwide news. 


Whilst gearing up for their next tournament in Abu Dhabi committee member Padraig Kennedy spoke to Fujairah Observer, 


‘We here in Eire Og have been training hard recently and when we received the call from Fujairah football club that Maradona was happy to meet us it was a welcome boost.


‘We had just returned back to Fujairah from spring break and a cheeky blue and white Eire Og number 10 jersey was ready as a gift for the world’s greatest footballer Diego Maradona.’

Padraig continued, 

‘Myself, Andrew Hogan and one of the new members of the ladies team, Rebecca Marr were lucky to watch Fujairah FC train and we had the opportunity to talk to and have a laugh with the legend himself.


‘One of the lads, Eamann, has a bit of Spanish so he also came along,  translated and told Diego about our new club here in Fujairah.


‘Diego was inspiring and spent time asking about our sport (where we also use our hands to play football!)’ said the Irish native with a wry smile. 


He continued,

‘Maradona thanked the team for the gift and who knows maybe next time we could have a friendly challenge match.’


‘What we didn’t realize was the media response we would receive back home and around the world. Andrew and Eamann’s phones were non stop. Calls from TV, radio and newspapers looking for quotes and pictures.


‘We even had calls from Australia, Argentina and the US’, explained Padraig. 


‘However, our focus now is on winning our first tournament, developing the new ladies team and securing sponsorship for year two.’


Eire Og Fujairah are proudly sponsored by Novotel Fujairah the club can be contacted on 0504908061 or check them out on Facebook.


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