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Chiefs from the four big Belfast sides to speak at 4 Corners event

 

Four influential figures from Belfast's Danske Bank Premiership clubs will take part in a discussion next week as part of the 4 Corners Festival.

The event will be staged at Windsor Park on February 5 and will feature a panel containing the chairmen from Linfield, Glentoran and Cliftonville, Roy McGivern, Stephen Henderson and Gerard Lawlor, plus Crusaders vice-chairman Mark Langhammer.

The discussion will be hosted by BBC Radio Ulster sports presenter Joel Taggart and, in line with the aims of the festival, will be centred around football's potential for overcoming division, building bridges and promoting community healing.

The 4 Corners Festival, which runs from January 31 to February 9, seeks to inspire people from across Belfast to transform it for peace and prosperity for all.

The football debate is one of a number of events taking place to encourage people around the city to go to places they wouldn't otherwise visit.

Prior to the discussion, set to delve deep into serious issues which the clubs have to deal with, there will be an opportunity for those in attendance to take a tour around Windsor Park.

A spokesperson said: "We are looking forward to an open and interesting discussion and believe it is the first time the four panellists will have been speaking together in a public forum.

"There are challenges running big football clubs in Belfast and it will be fascinating to hear how over the years they have worked with their communities and together to try and build bridges."

The event is due to begin at 6.30pm and for further information you can visit the website https://4cornersfestival.com/ or email info@4cornersfestival.com

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