Belfast Telegraph

Spirit of Youth - Ciaran Murphy

Accepted by Patrick Nelson, IFA CEO

Ciaran Murphy and Mary Fusco
Ciaran Murphy and Mary Fusco
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Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.AWARD NUMBER 6Patrick Nelson, CEO Irish Football Associationwho presented Spirit of Youth award.
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Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Best Street Ð sponsored by AirtricityRay Burgess, Marget Couchman,Wayne Millar, NI Domestic Sales Manager, Airtricity and Charlie Lawson.
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Brandon McMillan, Joe Leebody and David Anderson.
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Stafford Ward, Craig Kernghan and Ted Kernghan.
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Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Marade McGee, David Elder, Laura Briers and Cathy Murray.
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Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Brandon McMillan, Joe Leebody and David Anderson.
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Stafford Ward, Craig Kernghan and Ted Kernghan.
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Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Marade McGee, David Elder, Laura Briers and Cathy Murray.
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th March 2011.Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com - Belfast.Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR.Hugh, Molly and Julia Gulmartin
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Catherine Dickson and Michelle Chambers
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Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Catherine Dickson and Michelle Chambers with Charlie Lawson
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Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Cast of Les Miserables
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Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.John Linehan better known as May McFettridge before receiving his award
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Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Razzle Dazzle performing
Press Eye - Belfast -9th March 2011 - Belfast - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye 2011 Belfast Telegraph Making The Difference Awards in association with SPAR at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.Razzle Dazzle performing
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Ciaran Murphy's determination and sporting ability helped him triumph in the face of adversity. The talented young man couldn’t be at the Making The Difference awards ceremony celebrations, so the chief executive of the Irish Football Association, Patrick Nelson, stepped in to accept the Spirit of Youth award on his behalf.



Following family difficulties, the 17-year-old found himself homeless.

He decided to seek refuge at the Flax Foyer hostel in Belfast.

Ciaran later became involved in the Northern Ireland Street League.

His impressive ball skills led him to being selected to represent Ireland in the Homeless World Cup in Brazil.

“Ciaran has turned his life around by participating in the Homeless League. Well done to him,” Patrick said.

“We’ve been running it for about a year now and the evidence is, from other cities where homeless leagues have been run, the lads who have been involved in it do actually lift themselves up the ladder a little bit.

“Whether it’s getting a flat or a job or just a bit of hope, then it’s worthwhile.

“We’re very much behind it and I give credit in particular to the East Belfast Mission, who really helped us set up the original street league here.”

The Belfast Telegraph caught up with Ciaran to find out how he was feeling about being the first recipient of the Spirit of Youth award.

The inspirational young man said he was shocked to learn he had been nominated and even more shocked when he found out he had won.

The determined teenager has successfully rebuilt a relationship with his family and is currently employed as a floor layer, though now his confidence has grown, he has hopes for a glittering career in football.

He said he is excited about what the future might hold for him now he is feeling more |himself and is back on track.

“I’m over the moon and so glad I got the award,” he said. “I’m just disappointed that I couldn’t be at the ceremony.”

Ciaran, who is a big Leeds United fan, credits his involvement with Flax Foyer and the Homeless League for turning his life around.

“Being in Brazil was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” he said. “I met loads of new people and made new friends. The country is great and I had so much fun.

“I’m sorted now. I’ve got a job and I am getting on again with my family. I’m hoping to sign for an Irish League club this summer. The future is definitely looking good.”

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