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Brazilian legend Pele arrives in Ballymun to spread word of hope,
“I worship the ball and treat it like a God.”

Click on the player above to play a video clip from Pele's visit to Ballymun.
(Note: This may take several minutes to download depending on the speed of your internet connection)

PELE, arguably the greatest footballer of all time, arrived in Ballymun at the BRL Umbro Arena on November 26th 2009 and it was all for the worthy cause of providing funds for his little princes programme for sick children, the “Goals For Life” campaign. This campaign is centred on the 1283 goals Pele scored during his career which have now become a vehicle to generate funding for life saving medical research. A man revered around the planet for his remarkable ability to embody the aspirations, hopes and dreams of everyone who has ever considered kicking a football.

Under the supervision of Derryman Don Mullan, Co-ordinated by Derek O’Neill & Des Tomlinson of the FAI and supported by Paddy O’Reilly, Trinity Comprehensive and Rosie King, BRL, a number of young clubs collected their medals from the man himself. First up was Katie Carr from Borrisokane, County Tipperary. The lads from the Brazilian Soccer School Dublin South-West (Futebol de Salao) presented Pele with one of their shirts. And both the Kinnegad juniors and the gang from The Gingerman pub seemed untypically overawed.

The positive energy created by this world-class celebrity was captured in the scope and passion of press and broadcast coverage. Once again, Ballymun held its head high and showed what it is capable of.

 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 

 

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