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Saturday 20 January 2018

'It will be a great honour' – Irish football legend John Giles on this weekend's Freedom of Dublin award

John Giles is to be awarded Freedom of the City
John Giles is to be awarded Freedom of the City
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Irish football legend John Giles has said he is looking forward to being awarded the Freedom of Dublin this weekend, but admitted it wasn't something he had ever previously considered.

RTE pundit and former Ireland star John Giles and Brother Kevin Crowley, who set up the Capuchin Day Centre which provides meals for over 800 people every day, will become the 77th and 78th recipients of the honour.

More than 350 people are expected to attend the event at the Mansion House in Dublin on Saturday and Giles says it was a pleasant surprise when he was told of the accolade.

"It’s great for my family, friends and the football community. It’s a great honour for everybody," he told Newstalk's Off The Ball tonight.

"Hopefully it will be a good night, I think it will be."

"It was a great surprise, a pleasant surprise," he added.

Giles has previously said that the 'John Giles Foundation', which provides grants to clubs at grassroots level gives him a great deal of satisfaction.

"Kids need facilities now more than ever. When I was a kid we played on the streets, but that's not safe anymore."

"I meet a lot of people around the country (through the foundation) who are fantastic."

"I love it."

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