Tuesday 18 December 2018

Dublin star Michael Darragh MacAuley donates All-Ireland four in-a-row boots to Concern Worldwide

Following Dublins All-Ireland victory, Concern Worldwide is giving away a pair of boots worn by midfielder Michael Darragh Macauley during his teams epic win over Tyrone at Croke Park in September. Image credit: The Herald.
Following Dublins All-Ireland victory, Concern Worldwide is giving away a pair of boots worn by midfielder Michael Darragh Macauley during his teams epic win over Tyrone at Croke Park in September. Image credit: The Herald.
Ian Begley

Ian Begley

GAA fans are being given the chance to win a piece of Irish sporting history.

Following Dublin’s All-Ireland victory, charity Concern Worldwide is giving away the boots worn by midfielder Michael Darragh Macauley during his team’s epic win over Tyrone at Croke Park in September.

Macauley, who scored the final point on the day, was announced as Concern’s brand ambassador earlier this year.

He also travelled to Kenya to see the organisation’s aid programmes in the slums of Nairobi.

The GAA all-star said he was humbled by the experience.

"It was really incredible to visit and play football with school children in Nairobi," he said.

"I saw first-hand the work that Concern are doing over there, so I’m more than happy to offer my smelly boots to some lucky punter.

"It was a very special day for the team and me, so I hope they’ll go to a good home."

Dublin’s comprehensive six-point victory over Tyrone marked a historic day for the county, bringing the coveted four-in-a-row record for manager Jim Gavin and six victories in the past eight seasons.

Macauley is confident that the Boys in Blue have what it takes to secure a fifth All-Ireland win next year.

"The number of times we win in a row doesn’t mean much to me," he said.

"But I’m sure all the hard work the lads are putting in will pay off next year. I’m also heavily into basketball, which keeps me fit."

Sports fans hoping to get their hands on the All-Ireland boots can visit Concern on Facebook.

Meanwhile, fellow GAA star Paul Mannion has admitted he mistakenly fell into a college course that included Chinese.

This was despite the footballer saying languages were his least favourite subject.

Speaking at the Zeminar event at the RDS, Mannion said he put it at number one on his CAO application, not expecting to get the points for it.

"That’s when I started to panic – after struggling with Leaving Cert Spanish, I was now facing the prospect of going to China and studying Chinese," he said.

Despite his initial reluctance, Mannion said his years studying were among the best of his life.

"If a guy who hated Spanish and hated Irish in school can go to China and learn Chinese, then I promise you anyone can," he said.

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