Galway launch of Show Racism the Red Card

Galway Launch Red Card campaign.Pictured: A section of the audience at the launch of Galway’s Show Racism the Red Card campaign at the City Museum.A partnership of Galway United FC, Professional Footballers Association Gort for Brazil FC, Galway City Partnership, Galway City Council, Gaelic Players Association and the Galway Refugee Support Group have united to Show Racism the Red Card.Fran Gavin (General Secretary ) introduced the Mayor of Galway to open proceedings. Mayor of Galway Niall Ó Brolacháin said: “Galway is now home to many nationalities and we must learn to value all they have to offer to our community. As a local authority we have a responsibility to promote such initiatives because by opposing racism we can encourage integration and a better quality of life for all”.The project is assisted by the distribution of 3,000 posters of the Galway United FC squad bearing the slogan Show Racism the Red Card in 8 languages. Local stars of Gaelic, Soccer and Rugby were on hand to lend support. Galway United FC Alan Gough and Alan Murphy participated on the panel while other United players were there in support.RTE Personality of the Year and Galway Hurler Alan Kerins and his team mate Finian Hanley together with some of the Galway United team took time off work to attend the event. Niamh Fahy U19 Ireland Ladies Soccer and prolific GAA sportswoman and the coach of Galway Asylum Seekers FC were also part of the panel.Galway Bay FM’s Ollie Turner compered a very entertaining and informative Questions & Answers session involving local youngsters and the the panel.This new partnership of local agencies with Show Racism the Red Card aims to promote intercultural activity while addressing the issue of racism to promote the principle of sport being inclusive for all.Pictured: Ernest Bishop, Galway City Partnership, Mayor Niall Ó Brolacháin and Garrett MullanShow Racism the Red Card co-ordinator Garrett Mullan said in advance of the launch: “Participation in sport provides great opportunities to interact with people from all cultures and through working, playing and living together we can promote integration and understanding”.Alan Murphy, Galway United FC said: “With our poster in 8 languages we are delighted to open the gates of Terryland Park to all nationalities”.Pictured are Galway Hurler Finian Hanley and Galway United FC Captain Alan GoughGalway United’s General Manager Nick Leeson added: “While increasing our support base amongs new nationalities, we also want to promote football in the community and warmly welcome the work of the PFAI and FAI in supporting this work”.Galway United’s Alan Murphy

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