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Irish Actor Laurence Kinlan pictured in Temple Bar, Dublin.

Pic Frank Mc Grath

Irish Actor Laurence Kinlan pictured in Temple Bar, Dublin. Pic Frank Mc Grath

Irish Actor Laurence Kinlan pictured in Temple Bar, Dublin. Pic Frank Mc Grath

POPULAR actors and a well known singer are all set for a different form of entertainment.

Voice of Ireland golden boy Niall Breslin is teaming up with Love/Hate gangsters Elmo and Fran the Man for a friendly soccer match this Saturday.

The trio will be going head-to-head with the Shamrock Rovers legends for the Bernard Dunne Charities Celebrity Soccer Classic.

And actor Laurence Kinlan, who plays Elmo, says he's been training hard.

"I'm a Subbuteo pro," he told the Herald. "So I hope I can use some of those skills when I play the match.

"I have good flicking skills so maybe that will work against Rovers."

He will be joined by a stellar celebrity starting team.

Football heroes Niall Quinn, Paul McGrath, Vinny Samways and Ray Houghton will be showing off their fancy foot-work while Packie Bonner is in goal.

Olympian boxing gold-medallist Katie Taylor and her dad Pete will be taking to the pitch.

And GAA star Jason Sherlock and rugby hero Shane Byrne will also be supporting the cause.

With such a strong sporting contingent, Indie musicians The Coronas and Ryan Sheridan will have a lot to prove when they take to the pitch.

Chance

"We have a good line-up," sporting legend Bernard Dunne said.

"But the celebrities will definitely have their work cut out for them.

"The Rovers are great so I don't know who will win. It's going to be close."

The celebs will face the record-breaking Shamrock Rovers team who won four league titles in a row in the 1980s.

The Rovers team will include League of Ireland greats such as Mick Byrne, Pat Byrne, Liam O'Brien, Peter Eccles, Noel Larkin and Terry Eviston.

"It's a big family fun day on Saturday. There will be goody bags and the mams and dads can watch the match while the kids get their faces painted and go on bouncy castles. It's only €5 to get in and it's a great chance to get up-close and personal with big names in sports," Bernard said.

Now in its fourth year, all proceeds from the kick-about will go to Make-A-Wish-Ireland and the Irish Dogs for the Disabled.

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