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Friday 24 March 2017

Ever fancied stepping into O'Driscoll's shoes?

FANCY walking in the shoes of Brian O'Driscoll, Aidan Gillen or Packie Bonner?

Students from St Columba's Primary School in Glasnevin, Dublin, have gathered more than 20 pairs of shoes from the likes of Aidan Gillen, Michael Flatley, Packie Bonner and Brian O'Driscoll to help raise money for homeless people.

Inspired by a project piloted by boxing legend Muhammad Ali, Shoeless Sunday will see some of Ireland's most famous footwear go on display in St Columba's Church in Glasnevin this weekend. The shoes will be put up for auction in the coming weeks, with all proceeds going to homeslessness organisations.

Teacher Siobhan Shovlin said pupils were "overwhelmed by the response" from the stars that they contacted.

CELEBRITIES

"We started sending letters four weeks ago, as a part of our English class, to various celebrities," she added.

Several sports stars then returned signed pairs of trainers and football boots, including O'Driscoll, Bonner, and Everton's Irish soccer star Seamus Coleman. Others to have contributed to the cause include comedian and actor Chris O'Dowd.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisin Quinn said that he was "delighted" to be involved with the project because the number of people sleeping rough was a serious problem that demanded attention.

The Shoeless Sunday exhibition will be held on December 15 in St Columba's Church, in Glasnevin, Dublin.

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