Help the Patrick O'Connell Memorial Fund
- to establish suitable memorials at his birthplace in Dublin and unmarked final resting place in London.
- to pay tribute to Don Patricio by means of commissioned monuments at each of the clubs he played for and managed.

Landmark Day for POC Fund as Falls Road Mural Unveiled

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Falls Road Mural Unveiling photos

What a fantastic day! The unveiling of the mural tribute to Patrick O'Connell in Belfast on 7th August was an event that will live long in the memory. The evening at the Devenish Centre was great fun and raised a significant sum of money for the cause. The POC Fund would like to express its deep appreciation for the support and generosity of those who came along to the mural unveiling events. It's overwhelming! A massive THANK YOU to all concerned.

U105 Interview - Frank Mitchell Speaks to POC Fund's Alan McLean

POC Fund member Alan McLean spoke to U105 (Belfast radio) on Monday, 3rd August. Many thanks to Frank Mitchell and U105 for the broadcast, available below.

If audio player is unavailable, mp3download U105 interview.

The mural unveiling party on the Falls Road will take place at 4:30pm on August 7th, followed by an evening event at the Devenish Complex, Finaghy, Belfast at 7:30pm. Both events are free and all are welcome. [Read More]

All Welcome at Falls Road Mural Unveiling (7th August)

The mural unveiling party on the Falls Road will take place at 4:30pm on August 7th, followed by an evening event at the Devenish Complex, Finaghy, Belfast at 7:30pm. Both events are free and all are welcome. Special thanks to Gwenn from the Lord Mayor's office for her support.

UPDATE!! Johan Cruyff signed Barcelona shirt will be raffled on Friday 7th August at the Devenish Event (free to attend), Belfast 7.30pm. All attendees are in with a shout of winning it...Good luck! 

Belfast Mural POC Fund

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Brian Wilson Celtic FCBertie and JohnMike GibsonThe Patrick O'Connell Memorial Fund are delighted to announce that Lisbon Lions Bertie Auld and John Clark will be coming to the events in Belfast on 7th August. They were part of the Celtic team that won the European Cup in 1967.

Also in attendance will be one of Irish rugby's greats, Mike Gibson, whose relative played for Belfast Celtic FC. Anthony Gannon, Club Secretary of Liffey Wanderers will speak along with the Lord Mayor of Belfast Mr. Arder Carson at the mural unveiling. A Liffey Wanderers shirt and the Empire Cup won by Patrick and the club in 1904/05/06 has been incorporated into the mural. The trophy will be in Belfast on the day.

Glasgow Celtic Director Brian Wilson and his son Ronan will honour Patrick by attending the Belfast events. Brian wrote the centenary history book of Glasgow Celtic 1888-1988.

UPDATE - Recently confirmed attendees at the Devenish event are Sinn Fein President, Gerry Adams TD, Seán Boylan (former Meath GAA manager) and Gary Mackay (who scored THAT goal for Scotland against Bulgaria...)

Irish Ballad singer Christy Moore has been in touch with the Fund and has sent his support: I knew a little of this story from a documentary on TV some time back...you and your companeros are to be congratulated for achieving these commemorations to Patrick O'Connell. Thanks for sharing the story. I look forward to seeing Danny Devenney's mural of Patrick when I visit later in the year. - Christy Moore

For those still catching up with the backstory of Patrick O'Connell, the following articles may be of interest -

http://g14.co/article/the-fc-barcelona-1937-united-states-tour-in-1937

http://extramuralactivity.com/2015/07/08/the-don

The project has recently been endorsed by the Glasgow Celtic Former Players Association. POC Fund member Fergus Dowd is pictured with Celtic FPA Chairman Joe Miller and ROI striker Tommy Coyne.

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POC Mural takes shape in Belfast

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Danny Devenny's POC Mural is impressively taking shape on the Falls Road, Belfast and will be unveiled on 7th August. The piece now includes Lionel Messi and highlights the belief that without Patrick O'Connell's courage and foresight there may not be a modern-day FC Barcelona. The mural unveiling party will be announced in July.