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Irish Athlete With Down Syndrome Raising Funds To Attend Championships

Conor Paterson

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Irish Athlete With Down Syndrome Raising Funds To Attend Championships

At the age of 10, Josh Hennessy was playing football in his local area of the Liberties against lads much older than himself. Now, he has been selected to represent Ireland’s first international Down syndrome futsal team to take part in the European Championships.

The competition takes place later this year in Padova, Italy. The 25-year-old, along with the rest of the team, is currently fundraising to cover the costs of the trip. This involves flights, meals, accommodation, and registration fees.

After hearing that he made the squad last month, Josh told the Irish Independent, “I am so happy to think that I have a chance to wear an Ireland shirt for real.”

Meanwhile, speaking to the Dublin Inquirer earlier this month, the team’s head coach, FAI development officer, Paul Smyth said that in preparation for the tournament, “We’ll supply the players with individual training programmes,” adding, “Then, as well, working on their fitness levels.”


Smyth also said they will have several friendly matches over the summer to prepare themselves and will train at TU Dublin’s Blanchardstown campus.

Ireland’s representation at the tournament has been made possible thanks to the FAI’s Football for All organisation and the Louth-Meath branch of Down Syndrome Ireland. After trials around the country, the talented 8 were chosen, with Josh being the only Dubliner among them.

You can support Josh’s and the entire team’s fundraising efforts by bank transfer to the Down Syndrome Ireland Louth Meath branch at the following details:


AIB Grafton Street

Sort Code: 931047

Account Number: 49363006



IBAN: IE33AIBK93104749363006

Account Name: Down Syndrome Louth Meath

If you are donating to the team as a whole, be sure to put FUTSAL in the reference or to support Josh, put FUTSAL Josh Hennessy as the reference. Also, be sure to email [email protected] to confirm the contribution.

By supporting this great cause, it gives these hard-working and talented athletes the opportunity to do their country proud by representing us on a big stage. Like Josh, all the players have worked very hard to be selected and hopefully, the Boys in Green get the support they deserve!

Featured Image Credit: Josh Hennessy

Topics: Ireland, Daily Ladness, Sport, Good News

Conor Paterson
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