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Kickabout for Giles and Dunphy at famous club

SPORTS pundits John Giles and Eamon Dunphy were joined by FAI chief John Delaney for the opening of a new clubhouse and pitches at a well-known Dublin football club.

The official opening of Stella Maris FC combined a trip down memory lane with a celebration of current success.

Giles, who is president of the Drumcondra club was assisted in the opening duties by his RTE collegaue Dunphy and the FAI chief executive Mr Delaney.

“The opening was fantastic and a real homecoming for everyone involved down through the years,” said club spokesman Darren Costello.

“Past players spoke about their pride at returning and the respect the Drumcondra club is held in,” he added.

The schoolboy club founded in 1943 has had an illustrious history.

Thirty of its players have gone onto represent Ireland at senior level, amounting to three hundred caps between them.

Recent success stories in the last year include the signing of Matty Hewelt to Everton and Cody Mulhall to Scottish side Hibs.

Construction on the new facilities began in earnest in 2012 as part of a €1m regneration project.

In March of this year a 3G, all-weather, astro-turf pitch was completed.

“It is off the same standard as you would find in the Premiership and major Spanish clubs,” said Chairman Dereck Mooney.