DUBLIN

EURO 2020 National Football Exhibition leaving Limerick legacy

The project donates school supplies for local school children in the
Limerick area

The National Football Exhibition is open to the public at the Sports Arena,University of Limerick until June 30th and provides a fantastic insight into theUEFA European Championships as Ireland prepares to host four EURO 2020games next June.

After originally debuting in Dublin ahead of the EURO 2020 Qualifying Draw, the Exhibition has been on the road visiting different counties with two down (Sligo and Cork) and five to go (Limerick, Waterford, Donegal, Galway, and Dundalk) before returning to Dublin again. Part of the reason behind visiting different locations was to make an impact in local communities and that has certainly been evident so far. In Sligo, a football memories event, in conjunction with the Irish Alzheimer’s Society, took place with Sligo Rovers legends Tony Fagan and Chris Rutherford. Then in Cork, former underage international Brian Lenihan spoke on the topic of mental health along with support from Pieta House. Now, in Limerick, the Gateway to Education programme – whose mission is to facilitate and encourage full participation in education – is linking up with the National Football Exhibition. Having already helped over 9,000 local families since 2012, the charity provides school essentials and other services including a Homework Club and charity shop. The National Football Exhibition has donated 50 FAI Backpacks, UEFA EURO 2020 Sticker Books and stationary to the charity. The presentation of the donation was made at the National Football Exhibition in UL, where crowds continue to flock to see all of the impressive items on display, such as a Gordon Banks jersey and programmes and pictures from Limerick’s famous European battle against Real Madrid. Items were donated from local legends Al Finucane and Kevin Fitzpatrick. The Exhibition will be open to the public from Thursday, June 13 until this Sunday, June 30. Waterford will follow Limerick in August with further stops in Donegal, Dundalk and Galway in the coming months. For more information on the work of Gateway to Education, Limerick visit https://www.gatewaytoeducation.ie