Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Aodhan O Riordain has said that Johnny Giles is an inspiration to all young people in the North West Inner City. Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s plaque unveiling in honour of the former Irish International footballer, Cllr O Riordain said that the Markets area is very proud of him:
‘John Giles was born and reared in Ormonde Square and we are delighted to be honouring him by erecting a plaque outside his old family home. My motion to erect this plaque was accepted by the Area Committee of Dublin City Council two years ago and was also adopted by the full council. ‘ Cllr O Riordain said.
‘It is essential that children feel positively about their own area and they are proud of where they come from. Recognising the origins of John Giles will give inspiration to all young people who have an interest in sport. Football has always been the lifeblood of community life in the Inner City, and so it is essential that we honour those who have brought pride to their local area and their country.’ he continued.
One of the many who came to congratulate Johnny Giles
Congratulating Johnny Giles
‘Unfortunately the Markets area has no more sporting facilities now than it did 50 years ago when a young John Giles was kicking a football around Ormonde Square.. It is imperative that we as public representatives work in close partnership with the City Council to ensure that the next generation of young footballers will have better facilities to practise on than Johnny Giles did as a child’ he concluded.