The National Football Exhibition will return to the Northwest when it visits Donegal in September and are also sponsoring the Finn Harps v Saint Patrick's Athletic game on Friday night.
As part of the build-up to UEFA EURO 2020, which will see Dublin host four games in the prestigious tournament, historical memorabilia from Irish football history and the UEFA European Championship will be making its way to all corners of the country.
And Donegal with its rich footballing tradition will provide locals with a chance to see some items including Shay Given’s debut jersey, facts aboutfootball in Donegal and items from Finn Harps and neighbours Derry City. A county that has given us legends including Packie Bonner, Shay Given and Gary Doherty, National Football Exhibition Ambassador Ray Houghton’s father is also from the county.
Current women’s star Amber Barret hails from Milford while current men’s captain Seamus Coleman from Killybegs hopes to lead the team out in the Aviva next June.
Donegal marks the fifth stop on the road and follows on from successful stints in Sligo, Cork, Limerick and Waterford. Finn Harps recently celebrated their 50th anniversary in the League of Ireland and with neighbouring Derry City a short drive from the venue, there should be plenty of supporters coming to relive some memories.
Over 2,000 people visited in Waterford in early August. The first National Football Exhibition Grassroots Hero was named with De La Salle clubman Gavin Lonergan recognised. The award will be given out again in Donegal and nominations can be made by visiting https://www.fai.ie/domestic/the-national-football-exhibition-grassroots-hero
The free Exhibition, which has attractions for all ages, welcomed a wide variety of visitors to date and has proved a hitfor school groups and family outings. The National Football Exhibition App, which is available to download from the App Store or Google Play Store has a supplementary audio guide available in English or Irish, which gives visitors an extended insight into some of the items on display.
The Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny will provide the perfect venue and with the public opening on Culture Night, it is set to be a busy first weekend.
The Exhibition will be open to the public from Friday, September 20 until Sunday, September 29. Further stops in Dundalk and Galway will come in early 2020 before a return to Dublin for the finals.
Monday – Wednesday 11am – 4pm
Thursday – Sunday 11am – 6pm*
*Friday, September 20th 3pm – 10pm