Bohemians Fans Raise €1,000 for Bar Owner

October 19, 2007 at 1:29 am Leave a comment

Today I am going to Derry, where Bohemians play Derry City in a league game. Before the game, we will be visiting the Tavern bar, which was attacked by thugs from Dublin when Bohemians last visited Derry. We will be presenting the bar owner, Mr Kingsley Curry, with €1,000 that we collected for him as a gesture of solidarity. And we will be conveying the following messages, which represent the views of decent football supporters throughout the island: >>>

Message from Michael Nugent, Organiser of Fans Collection

Last week thugs from Dublin attacked the Tavern Bar in Derry. Today the genuine fans of Bohemians and Derry City will mix together in that same bar, in sporting rivalry and personal friendship. And we will stand together in solidarity with Mr Curry and against the thugs who viciously attacked his bar.

There can be no ambiguity about what happened last week. Innocent people were attacked by violent criminals, who set out to deliberately frighten and injure other people, and to destroy their personal property and livelihoods.

This initiative arose from suggestions on the Bohemians fans Internet forum as a way to demonstrate that all genuine football fans condemn this crime. Thank you and well done to everyone who helped with or contributed to the collection, including the Galway United fans who donated.

Message from Lord Mayor of Dublin, Paddy Bourke, to Mr Kingsley Curry

Dear Mr Curry, it was with regret and disgust I learned of the recent deliberate, malicious and dangerous incident in your establishment when a group of adult hooligans, posing as fans of Dublin’s Bohemian Football Club, caused damage to your premises and assaulted your customers. I note the Courts have dealt with four of the offenders by way of a 3-month jail sentence and I hope that justice will continue to prevail following the appeal process.

As Lords Mayor of Dublin I write to support the real fans of Bohemians FC who, on learning of the situation and your rejection of the offer of compensation from the individuals involved, will present a donation to you before Friday’s match as an indication of their goodwill. I can assure you this disgusting conduct is not commonplace among football fans and I hope you and your customers will appreciate that genuine friendship and respect is their intent.

Message from Denis Maher, Director of Bohemians Football Club

The genuine supporters who have organised this initiative have restored a measure of pride in the Bohemian name and our ethos of friendship, and sporting passion.

The Directors whole-heartedly support the fans gesture of solidarity with Kingsley Curry. We share the anger and shame felt when a minority of thugs tarnished our name. The fans are reclaiming the Bohemian name from those who have no right to it.

On behalf of the fans, we have today invited Mr Curry to visit Dalymount Park for a Bohemians game. The appalling events of last week and Mr Curry’s resolve have strengthened our determination to continue working with other clubs and the Authorities to stamp out hooliganism within our game.

Message from Luke O’Riordan, Organiser of Bohemians Fan Group

On behalf of the fan group the Notorious Boo-Boys, and all the real supporters of Bohemians of which almost 600 made the long trip to Derry last week without causing any trouble, I can only share our unified outrage at the actions of the small minority who unfortunately affiliate themselves with our club.

It is important to stress that these people are a tiny minority and do not represent the mindset of the genuine fans and members of the club.

As well as going some way towards helping Mr. Curry pay for the damage incurred, we hope this collection by the club’s fans will help us retrieve our good reputation which has been so severely tarnished by the actions of a few.

Message from Ken McCue, Sports Against Racism in Ireland

In this Football against Racism in Europe Action Week, Sport against Racism Ireland commend the gesture of Bohemians supporters who acting in solidarity with Kingsley Curry.

Given that Derry City FC has made great efforts to unite all communities in their home city under the common flag of football, the last thing they want is a minority of thugs importing their sectarian hatred from Dublin.

SARI hopes that the efforts of the genuine Bohemians fans will help the work of the Derry City Club Promotions Officers in the implementation of the Intercultural Plan of the FAI which came out of the UEFA Ten Point Action Plan against Racism.

Bohemian FC also signed up to the Action Plan in 2003 and they continue to be hugely supportive of SARI’s activities.

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