John Giles and Eamon Dunphy help usher in new era at Stella Maris
TWO iconic names of Irish football welcomed in a new era for the famous Dublin football club, Stella Maris, today.
Johnny Giles and Eamon Dunphy, two former Stella players, were on the Richmond Road to help officially open the club’s new facilities.
A 3G pitch, installed by PST Sport, forms the centre-point of the impressive development which includes new dressing-rooms and floodlights.
“This place changed my life,” declared Dunphy. “It gave us somewhere to go back in the bleak fifties.
“Every club needs a hero and John (Giles) is an icon to all Stella Maris people. I have some lovely memories of this place.”
Giles is the Stella President, and he too spoke fondly of his days in Drumcondra. “It is a wonderful club. And without Stella and the Dublin Schoolboy League providing football, we wouldn’t have been able to go on and achieve what we did in the game.
“When we were young, we played football on the street. You can’t do that now. And that is why kids need facilities more than ever. I would have loved to have played on a pitch like that.”
The FAI’s John Delaney, was also in attendance. “Stella have produced so many Irish internationals. It is a real home of Irish football.
“Derek Moore and everybody at Stella have done a super job. It is a proud day for the club and for Irish football,” he said.