An evening to celebrate the history of football in Dublin & Ringsend in The Yacht Tavern on 22nd March at 7.45pm. With speakers on the night; Eoghan Rice, Donal Fallon and Fergus Dowd. As well as a screening of an extended trailer for the upcoming feature-length documentary "Patrick O'Connell - The Man Who saved Barcelona" and A 1975 documentary about Shelbourne FC, "In My Book, You Should Be Ahead."


An evening to celebrate the birth & history of association football in Dublin & Ringsend in particular takes place in The Yacht Tavern on 22nd March at 7.45pm.

Speakers on the night include:

Eoghan Rice, author of “We are Rovers: An Oral History of Shamrock Rovers FC” is a journalist based in Dublin who has supported Rovers since childhood. Having become a supporter in 1990 he wrote this book to show that League of Ireland Football and Rovers in particular ‘isn’t a side-show, it is part of the global football narrative, just without the millionaire stars and twenty-four different camera angles”

Donal Fallon a historian, writer and broadcaster based in Dublin. A co-founder of the Dublin website ‘Come Here To Me’, which has a strong emphasis on Dublin’s social history and two print volumes to date. Author of a history of the Nelson Pillar, a biography of executed 1916 leader Major MacBride and regularly heard on Newstalk Radio.

Fergus Dowd, a founding member of the Patrick O’Connell Memorial Fund set up to establish suitable memorials at his birthplace in Dublin and unmarked final resting place in London & to pay tribute to Don Patricio (The Man Who Saved Barcelona) by means of commissioned monuments at each of the clubs he played for and managed.

There will also be screening an extended trailer of the upcoming feature-length documentary “Patrick O’Connell – The Man Who saved Barcelona.” Originally from Dublin, O’Connell, was captain of the Ireland team that won the British Home Championship at Windsor Park in 1914 and was the first Irishman to captain Manchester United. When he guided Real Betis to its only Spanish league title in 1935 he also became the only Irish manager to win La Liga. O’Connell then managed Barcelona from 1935 to 1940 and is credited with saving the club from financial ruin during the Spanish Civil War when he led it on a tour of Mexico and New York. In 1937, he was given the title of honorary consul by the last republican government of Spain. He later moved to London where he died destitute in 1959, with his legacy almost forgotten until recent years.

“In My Book, You Should Be Ahead” A 1975 documentary about Shelbourne FC, which was first broadcast in the run-up to the team playing Home Farm in the Final of the FAI Cup. You see how playing affect their lives; you see how deeply defeat depresses them; you are present at their fiercely honest self appraisals. And you meet the amazing Gerry Doyle: the film’s title is a statement of his approach to every game- ‘In my book you should be ahead.’

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