Wednesday 19 June 2019

No hate just love as stars unite against racism

Peter Coonan, Fran from Love/Hate at the Annual SARI Soccerfest All-Stars match at the Phoenix Park. Photo: El Keegan
Peter Coonan, Fran from Love/Hate at the Annual SARI Soccerfest All-Stars match at the Phoenix Park. Photo: El Keegan
Dublin GAA legend Jason Sherlock, former Republic of Ireland manager Brian Kerr and actor Laurence Kinlan at the SARI Soccerfest All-Stars match at the Phoenix Park.
The SARI All-Stars team who took on - and defeated - the Love/Hate cast
Aodhan O Riordhan TD Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality and Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Sunday 14 September 2014. Phoenix Park: Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) organised a Sari All-Stars v Love/Hate cast football match. Barry Keoghan plays Wayne the Cat Killer.
Sunday 14 September 2014. Phoenix Park: Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) organised a Sari All-Stars v Love/Hate cast football match. Elmo.
Sunday 14 September 2014. Phoenix Park: Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) organised a Sari All-Stars v Love/Hate cast football match. Aiden Gillen poses with a team of young women.
Sunday 14 September 2014. Phoenix Park: Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) organised a Sari All-Stars v Love/Hate cast football match. THE LOVE/HATE TEAM.
Sunday 14 September 2014. Phoenix Park: Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) organised a Sari All-Stars v Love/Hate cast football match. THE SARI ALL STARS.
Sunday 14 September 2014. Phoenix Park: Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) organised a Sari All-Stars v Love/Hate cast football match. Jenny Murphy, Irish Rugby team and Ian Lloyd Anderson.
Sunday 14 September 2014. Phoenix Park: Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) organised a Sari All-Stars v Love/Hate cast football match. Maz Reilly, Irish Rugby team.
Sunday 14 September 2014. Phoenix Park: Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) organised a Sari All-Stars v Love/Hate cast football match. Garda Ciaran O'Reilly.
Sunday 14 September 2014. Phoenix Park: Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) organised a Sari All-Stars v Love/Hate cast football match. Fran causes more trouble in the box.
Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) organised a Sari All-Stars v Love/Hate cast football match. Fran Coonan takes a shot at goal with Jenny Murphy, Irish Rugby Team diving for cover.
Sunday 14 September 2014. Phoenix Park: Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) organised a Sari All-Stars v Love/Hate cast football match. Fran takes a shot at goal.
Phoenix Park: Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) organised a Sari All-Stars v Love/Hate cast football match. Aiden Gillen shoots on goal with Aodhan O Riordhan TD Minister of State defending.
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

"Have him, have him, I'll have him."

When Noely from 'Love/Hate' shouts out a line like that, you can be pretty certain that someone is about to be putting their teeth in their pocket.

Luckily for Fran, this time they were on the same side and thankfully there was absolutely no bloodshed when the actors of 'Love/Hate' graciously lost out to the Sport Against Racism Ireland All-Stars in the annual Soccerfest challenge in the Phoenix Park.

It was the 18th year of the event - and this time was even bigger with around 700 people there to play football, including for the first time, a team of Muslim women in hijabs thanks to Fifa's lifting of the ban against competitors wearing the head scarf.

It is Europe's largest seven-a-side inter-cultural soccer tournament, and it celebrates cultural diversity, social inclusion and global development through the medium of sport, explained SARI director and former Ireland manager Brian Kerr, who also refereed the game.

Aidan Gillen, Peter Coonan, Stuart Carolan, Laurence Kinlan, Barry Keoghan and Johnny Ward from the hit TV show took on the SARI All-Stars Soccer team including Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, former Dublin star Jason Sherlock, Irish women's rugby team members Marie Louise Reilly and Jenny Murphy, Ireland U-21 manager Noel King as well as former Nigerian internationals James Igwilo and Zuby Ufoh.

Phoenix Park: Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) organised a Sari All-Stars v Love/Hate cast football match. Aiden Gillen shoots on goal with Aodhan O Riordhan TD Minister of State defending.
Phoenix Park: Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) organised a Sari All-Stars v Love/Hate cast football match. Aiden Gillen shoots on goal with Aodhan O Riordhan TD Minister of State defending.

And in a colourful and heated tussle which saw the 'Love/Hate' boys put on the performance of a lifetime - with Peter Coonan, who plays Fran, pulling off an impressive 360 degree turn of footballing wizardry - it was the All-Stars who triumphed with a 2-1 win.

Actor Aidan Gillen, who is busy working on season five of Game of Thrones, admitted he hadn't played football for 15 years. "I did nearly score though," he said.

Sunday 14 September 2014. Phoenix Park: Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) organised a Sari All-Stars v Love/Hate cast football match. Fran takes a shot at goal.
Sunday 14 September 2014. Phoenix Park: Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) organised a Sari All-Stars v Love/Hate cast football match. Fran takes a shot at goal.
Sunday 14 September 2014. Phoenix Park: Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) organised a Sari All-Stars v Love/Hate cast football match. Fran causes more trouble in the box.
Sunday 14 September 2014. Phoenix Park: Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) organised a Sari All-Stars v Love/Hate cast football match. Fran causes more trouble in the box.
Sunday 14 September 2014. Phoenix Park: Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) organised a Sari All-Stars v Love/Hate cast football match. Garda Ciaran O'Reilly.
Sunday 14 September 2014. Phoenix Park: Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) organised a Sari All-Stars v Love/Hate cast football match. Garda Ciaran O'Reilly.
Sunday 14 September 2014. Phoenix Park: Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) organised a Sari All-Stars v Love/Hate cast football match. Maz Reilly, Irish Rugby team.
Sunday 14 September 2014. Phoenix Park: Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) organised a Sari All-Stars v Love/Hate cast football match. Maz Reilly, Irish Rugby team.

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