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Niall's on the spot to help city schoolboys in penalty shootout

Schoolboys got to try out their skills against former Irish international and Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn.

Some 16 boys from the East Wall Summer Project had the chance to put one past the former striker as part of the Dublin Bus Niall Quinn Annual Penalty Shootout.

It allows young children from Dublin city to spend a day training like the pros before competing for the title of the Shootout King of East Wall.

The initiative has been running for six years, and is part of the Dublin Bus Community Support Programme.

The programme is partly funded by old change receipts which aren't refunded.

The boys were greeted and given jerseys by Niall yesterday before setting off on an open top bus tour of Dublin, finally arriving at the Sean O'Casey community centre.

Willie Dwyer has been a youth worker in East Wall for ten years. "There are kids here who haven't slept since Saturday, they're so excited," he said.


"They'll remember this day for the rest of their lives."

He said support from Dublin Bus allowed youth groups and community centres to keep young children away from drugs.

"Drugs are a big problem, I'd be lying if I said they weren't," he said.

"There's only a minority of people who are involved in drugs, but they can affect everyone. We try to stop them getting to kids who are very young."

The four finalists were Adam Gilchrest (11) from Shelmalier Road, Nathan Mullin (12) from Seaview, Jack Williams (11) from Lighthouse Apartments and Dylan Hyland (11) from Church Road.

After declaring himself the "Lionel Messi of East Wall", Nathan Mullin won the title.