Aviva Stadium

Next Game

Rep Ire v England

Sunday, 07 June 2015, 20:00

International Match

Aviva Stadium

Last Game

Rep Ire 1 - 1 Poland

Sunday, 29 March 2015, 19:45

European Qualifiers Group D

NI reject Kenny's proposal

The Northern Ireland FA have poured cold water on a proposal by Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny to field an all-Ireland team in specially organised matches for charity.

Last Updated: 08/11/13 at 19:18 Post Comment

Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny is keen to stage all-Ireland charity matches

Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny is keen to stage all-Ireland charity matches

Kenny mooted an idea than an all-Ireland team should face England every two years to raise money for children's charities.

Kenny was speaking in Armagh City at a conference on sport boosting reconciliation in Northern Ireland.

He said fixtures could be arranged for Wembley or the GAA's headquarters at Croke Park in Dublin.

The money raised would help fund research and facilities at specialist hospitals in Belfast and Dublin.

Kenny said: "Wouldn't it be a wonderful thing if we could have an all-Ireland soccer team playing England, perhaps on a bi-annual basis.

"The purpose of this would be the development of research and the development of both children's hospitals on the island of Ireland.

"It would be a gesture from the sports people that would have a profound impact.

"We could take on the might of England entirely for charity. It is just a thought, it might be something that could become a reality."

However, Patrick Nelson, chief executive of the Irish FA, said there was no appetite in his organisation for such a team.

Nelson added: "That's not going to be something that is on our radar. It has not been in the past and it won't be in the future."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy step up Arsenal comebacks

Jack Wilshere scored as he stepped up his comeback from injury against a Brentford XI at Arsenal's training ground on Tuesday.

Wayne Rooney cannot wait to link up with Harry Kane for England

Wayne Rooney has been gripped by the excitement surrounding Harry Kane and can't wait to link up with him against Italy.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane to make first England start in Italy

Harry Kane will make his first start for England in Tuesday night's friendly in Italy, Roy Hodgson has confirmed.

Mail Box

Why Do Arsenal Have So Many 'Internet Warriors'?

The Mailbox has an open letter from Liverpool's Raheem Sterling, questions Phil Jones' bulldog spirit and asks: "Why do Arsenal have so many "internet warriors?"

It's All Just A Ruse By The 'Southern Press'...

A varied Tuesday morning Mailbox, with thoughts on the England U21s, a Sterling ruse, Kane realism, Wenger coaching youth and enjoying the charity match...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company