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Niall McGinn

Niall McGinn

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Niall McGinn

Sport, particularly football, has the ability to unite people of all ages as was most vividly demonstrated by the success of the Republic of Ireland team under the management of Jack Charlton who died last Friday. He not only gave the team enormous confidence in themselves but also energised the entire country.

But sadly there is a small minority of fans who still seek to cause hurt and distress to players for a variety of reasons, be it the colour of their skin, their religion or political beliefs. Northern Ireland international player Niall McGinn has bravely spoken out about the abuse he suffered during his career because his mother was related to one of the IRA hunger strikes who died in 1981.