Ireland football legend John Giles spent last Monday in Buncrana where he celebrated a ‘John Giles Walk of Dreams’ event at Maginn Park as Under 9s players from all over the peninsula took part in an underage blitz.

The hive of activity at Inishowen League HQ was a scene repeated all over the country as the biggest day in the John Giles Foundation's calendar took place and the former Ireland boss was clearly pleased with his decision to spend it in Buncrana.

“It was great to meet all the people who are involved in Inishowen underage football and to see their enthusiasm for promoting the game for young people,” he continued. “It’s a real community effort among the different clubs and it’s a genuine pleasure for me to be involved in it.

“The people and the facilities that are in place here are of such a high standard that the youngsters are in a great position to go out and enjoy their football. 

“When you go to grass roots events the people that you meet and the work that they put in is tremendous. When I was playing as a kid I took the work that went on behind the scenes for granted but as you get older you develop a real appreciation for them,” he concluded.

The John Giles Foundation raises money which is ploughed back into the grass roots of the game and Moville Celtic, Sea Rovers and the Inishowen Youth League all received funding cheques at Monday's event.

By Johnny Craig, Inish Times Sports Editor

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