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Plans afoot for worldwide supporters club for Irish soccer

The Football Association of Ireland is inviting representatives of Republic of Ireland supporters clubs around the world to attend a conference in Dublin in March to discuss the possibility of forming a worldwide supporters club.

the Vancouver Irish Supporters Club in Mahony Sons pub during Euro 2012 (Daniel Tinnelly is at the front holding a pint of Guinness).

Fri, Jan 11, 2013, 17:03

   

the Vancouver Irish Supporters Club in Mahony Sons pub during Euro 2012 (Daniel Tinnelly is at the front holding a pint of Guinness).

The Football Association of Ireland is inviting representatives of Republic of Ireland supporters clubs around the world to attend a conference in Dublin in March to discuss the possibility of forming a worldwide supporters club.

Following a Generation Emigration article by Ciara Kenny in The Irish Times last summer about how emigrants were supporting the Irish football team during Euro 2012, the FAI contacted Daniel Tinnelly of the Vancouver RISCC and the idea for an international meeting sprung from there.

The event, which will form part of the FAI’s involvement in the Gathering, will be held in the Ballsbridge Inn on March 26th, the day of Ireland’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Austria at the Aviva Stadium.

FAI regional manager Gerry Reardon says the response has been good so far. “We’ve already had representatives confirmed as attending from supporters clubs including London, Midlands UK, Huddersfield, Dublin, Derry, West of Ireland, Edinburgh, Vancouver, ‘You Boys in Green’ and the ‘FAI Inclusive Supporters Club’,” he explained.

“With the growth of the Diaspora worldwide in recent years there are still a number of clubs out there who are off the radar or a number of loose affiliates that haven’t organised themselves yet which we may be able to assist.

“It’ll be a get together first and foremost where clubs can share their knowledge then we can explore ideas around good practice to hopefully improve and develop further partnership work between fans and the Association.  We will also explore the possibility of a worldwide Republic of Ireland Supporters Club confederation.”

Members of Ireland Supporters Clubs or those who would like to form one can register their interest in the conference by emailing gerry.reardon@fai.ie.

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