Fingal Independent

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Club aims to build strong community

Soccer legend John Giles, joined Minister for Justice, Brian Lenihan, County Manager David O?Connor and Mayor Alan Farrell at the launch, which was preceded by an open training session.Community is everything in this club,? Mr O?Connor explained. ?Community is the foundation on which the club and our football development plan are built and each football club in Fingal can

rightfully feel that Sporting Fingal FC is their League of Ireland club.?

The majority share in Sporting Fingal FC is owned by developer Gerry Gannon, who spoke of his enthusiasm for the innovative project and its aims of developing new communities. Sporting Fingal FC is practically unique in Ireland having been set up with the primary objective of building strong communities in a part of the country which has grown significantly in recent years,? Mr Gannon said. The importance of strong communities can never be underestimated and this club will work hard to help them develop in Fingal.?

The club will primarily sponsored by local fruit and vegetable growers and distributors, Keelings Group Ltd, a significant employer in Fingal, along with Anglo Irish Bank Corporation and Liffey Developments. Keelings are delighted to be supporting Sporting Fingal FC as we believe that it is essential for companies like ours to give something back to the local community,? Joe Keeling, CEO of Keelings Group said.We had no hesitation in becoming involved in this club and we can see that Sporting Fingal FC will be a club for the entire community, providing encouragement for children and young people to

participate in sport.?

Anthony Kavanagh, Director of Group Marketing and Communications with Anglo Irish Bank, said: ?This new team and the council?s proposed football academy complex will play a

pivotal role in the community,? Mr Kavanagh said.