Shannon Town United set to kick-off 50th year anniversary in style

Pictured are Carolann McDonald, Louise McNamara, Conor Thomey, John Kelly, John Gavin, manager Shannon Springs Hotel, Jennifer Nolan, Kelly Haugh, Peter Buckley, David Hogan and Gerard Kelly at the recent launch of the legends game

A TEAM of Republic of Ireland legends will take on a Shannon Town United legends team at Lynch Park in bid to celebrate the Shannon-based club’s 50th anniversary.

Household names such as Ray Houghton, Ronnie Whelan and Mark Kinsella will grace the fields of Lynch Park as the club kicks off an event-filled year of celebrations.

Speaking to The Clare People after the recent launch of the event, Gerard Kelly, chairman of Shannon Town, expressed his delight at being able to welcome Ireland’s former World Cup stars to the town in May.

“We are hoping on one or two more internationals, so we are just waiting on them to confirm,” he explained.

“We are also hoping that Stephanie Roche plays – the Irish international ladies player – we are hoping that she confirms as well,” added Mr Kelly.

Ahead of the recent launch to promote the upcoming game, which takes place in Lynch Park in Shannon on Saturday, May 25, the club began the process of putting together their own masters squad.

“We went to our members to see who wanted to play,” Gerard said.

“We only have 33 places available but we had over 50 people who wanted to play so that selection process was tough, having to tell people that they weren’t being picked to play. 

“Our main sponsor is the Shannon Spring Hotel – John Gavin and Dermot Kelly are the owners there – they have been really, really good to the club in terms of sponsorship,” added the enthusiastic Shannon Town United chairman. 

The legends game will also help raise funds for the building of new dressing rooms at Lynch Park, another significant boost for the club following the recent announcement of Sports capital funding to the tune of €54,200. 

David Hogan, Shannon Town United, speaking at the recent launch of the Republic of Ireland legends and Shannon Town legends game as part of the club’s 50th anniversary celebrations

“The month of January has been really good to the club,” Gerard smiled. “It has given the club a real feel good factor”.

“We are just hoping that this event goes off really, really well.

“It will be a family fun day – it won’t just be about the junior players. 

“During the game we will have three or four schoolboy/schoolgirl games going on in between the junior game.” 

The 50th anniversary celebration will include stars from Ireland’s last three World Cup final campaigns, Italia 90, USA 94, and South Korea and Japan in 2002. 

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