Clonmany man lines up for Ireland’s first blind National team

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THIS WEEK a young blind Clonmany man is set to do something he never dreamed he would ever be able to do after losing his sight at the age of 13 – play football for his country.

But this Friday, Kevin Kelly (above on right) will be part of a tem man squad who will travel to England to play two international fixtures as part of the Blind Football Ireland team, giving the players a taste of their first real competitive fixture.

Currently the Blind Football Ireland team has been training hard at Ballymum United’s complex in Dublin as part of the FAI’s ‘Football For All’ programme, and Kevin has been joined on the team by fellow Donegal man, John Doherty from Letterkenny.

Culdaff’s Sean O’Donnell (above on left) will also travel to England with the team and will line up as the goalkeeper and the only man with sight on the pitch.

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