Two of Ireland’s footballing heroes, Irish international amputee star Garry Hoey and professional coach and former player Damien Duff joined Fyffes Emma Hunt-Duffy at Shamrock Rovers training ground in Kingswood for the launch of The Fyffes Cup.
The three-way cup competition which will be played at Oriel Park, Dundalk on Saturday, 22nd September next is billed as the last major stage in Ireland’s preparation for the forthcoming Amputee World Cup in Mexico. It is also seen as the final opportunity for players to impress selectors who will choose the seven-man starting team from a squad of 13 to represent Ireland in what will be their second Amputee World Cup. Inspired by the recent success of the Irish ladies hockey team, the Irish Amputee team is approaching its World Cup campaign with confidence. Their qualification for the World Cup in which they have been drawn in Group A alongside hosts Mexico, England and Uruguay follows from their winning 6th place in the 2017 European Championships.
Overseeing the contribution that Fyffes will make is the company’s managing director, Gerry Cunningham. Commenting, Mr. Cunningham said; “We applaud amputee footballers and wish them well in their efforts to bring success to Ireland, recognising the extent to which each has had to combat adversity in order to achieve their goals.