Congregation At Sports Service United In Thanksgiving For Special Gift

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The Revd Vanessa Wyse Jackson, Cllr Larry O’Toole, the Revd Alan Boal, Desmond Campbell, Tony Ward, Canon David Gillespie, Fr Michael Foley and the Revd Yvonne Ginnelly.

The value and importance of all sport at all levels was highlighted at the 66th Annual Ecumenical Service of Thanksgiving for the Gift of Sport. The service took place in St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, and was addressed by former Ireland and Lions rugby player, Tony Ward, who spoke of his life long involvement in sport.

The church was packed for the service and in attendance was Cllr Larry O’Toole, representing the Lord Mayor of Dublin along with the presidents of many school unions, secondary school students and people from the world of sport.

The congregation was welcomed to the service by the Vicar, Canon David Gillespie, who was joined by fellow clergy from the Methodist, Presbyterian and Roman Catholic Churches. Musical accompaniment was provided by the Alexandra College Choir under the direction of Dervla O’Sullivan.

In his address, Tony Ward spoke of the enduring friendships created through team sport. He said the beauty of sport was its unpredictability – anyone could have their place in the sun if they tried hard enough and put …read more

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