Thursday 27 October 2016

Dublin Devils clock up 10 years


Dublin Devils
Dublin Devils

Ireland's only gay men's football team are celebrating the club's 10th anniversary.

Dublin Devils FC were founded in 2005, when long-standing member Mark O'Donovan placed a notice in the Gay Community News.

The ad brought nine players together for a kick-about in Tallaght, and within a few months the club was officially founded.

The Dublin Devils now have more than 100 members and compete in a number of domestic competitions including the FAI's Leinster Football League.

They have also represented Ireland in tournaments around the world under the banner of the International Gay and Lesbian Football Association (IGLFA), which helps bring together LGBT football clubs.

They competed in the Gay Games in 2006 and 2010, which took place in Chicago and Cologne, as well as tournaments in London and Buenos Aires.

The players have enjoyed success, winning a six-a-side competition at the inaugural IGLFA European Championships in Manchester.

Chairman Bill O'Rourke said the aim of the club was to "break down stereotypes and provide support for gay men who love sport".

An anniversary dinner will be held in the Morrison Hotel tomorrow night, when the main speaker will be Sports Minister Paschal Donohoe.

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