Republic of Ireland and Celtic legend Packie Bonner has made a heartfelt appeal to the people of Donegal, Derry and the north-west to come out and fill the terraces of Maginn Park for the charity game between Finn Harps and Derry City (kick-off 8.00) on Friday night in aid of the Inishowen flood relief fund.
The Burtonport native has been moved by the plight of the people whose homes, businesses and farming enterprises have been so severely affected by the catastrophic flooding that occurred just over two weeks ago.
“It’s devastating for the families and all the people in Inishowen who have been affected by the flooding," he said. "I have been following what has been happening but it’s only those that are in the middle of it that really know how bad things are. You think that things like that only happen somewhere far away abroad but when it hits your own county it brings home the scale of the damage that can be done” Packie said
Bonner has praised Finn Harps, Derry City and the Inishowen League for coming together to organize Friday night’s fundraiser in aid of the Inishowen Flood Relief Fund. “It’s great to see the footballing family coming together to support such worthy cause. It’s a great credit to Harps, Derry and the Inishowen League to have organized the charity match. So I would urge people to get out in big numbers to Maginn Park on Friday night.
He continued: "I was at the Finn Park earlier in the summer when Harps played Derry. It was a good game, there was a great atmosphere and a big crowd. It would be great to see the same turnout for these two sides who are doing their bit for the cause and it’s a really big opportunity for the people of Donegal and Derry to show their support for all of those whose lives have been changed so much by the terrible events of the flooding. All the proceeds are going to relief fund so again I would encourage football fans to be there and be part of what should be a great occasion” Packie concluded.
Tickets are now on sale in Donegal and Derry for the charity game, which will have an 8.00 kick-off at Maginn Park. Tickets are priced at 10 euros and there will be an opportunity also to make a bigger donation on the night if people so wish. People can also buy match tickets on Friday night at Maginn Park.
Gillen’s Gala, Movile
The Squealing Pig, Muff
The Lunch Box, Buncrana
Kellys Topaz, Carn
Michael Murphy’s, Letterkenny
Irwin Electrical Expert, Buncrana
Balor Theatre, Ballybofey
Irwin Electrical Expert, Port Road, Letterkenny
Finn Park Office
Mellys Café, Killybegs
Holmes Service Station, Donegal Town
Doherty’s Café, Bridgend
Frankie’s Bar, Raphoe
There are a further nine outlets in Derry selling tickets for the game. Details for these are on the Derry City F.C. website.
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