Bohemians Fans Reclaim Our Name

October 22, 2007 at 1:22 am 1 comment

Two weeks ago thugs from Dublin attacked the Tavern Bar in Derry, before the League Cup Final. Last Friday, I and other genuine Bohemians fans presented €1,000 to the owner of the bar as a gesture of solidarity. We collected the money at our last home game, against Galway United, and we presented it to him last Friday in his bar, mixing together with locals and Derry City fans, in sporting rivalry and personal friendship. Here we are making the donation:

The event was a great success, and was a very emotional occasion with Mr Curry and his customers saying they would never have believed that there would be such a mix of people in their bar. There were fans and directors of both Bohemians and Derry City, most visiting the bar for the first time ever, mixing with the usual customers, plus the Mayor of Derry Drew Thompson of the DUP, Councillor Sean Carr of the SDLP, and Dean William Morton. >>>

On behalf of the Bohemians fans, we presented Mr Curry with a thousand euro cheque and a Bohemians jersey. We also gave him a letter from the Lord Mayor of Dublin, which you can read here. On behalf of the club, Denis Maher presented Mr Curry with a club penant and scarf, and invited him and his wife to be the guest of the club for our Cup Semi-Final against Cork this Friday. Mr Curry also gave us a china ornament with an imprint of the Guildhall of Derry, and he, his wife and his staff put on a very welcome sandwich buffet for everyone there.

We also heard first-hand from staff and customers who were present when the bar was attacked, and they certainly went through a very frightening experience to which they reacted courageously and which outraged people throughout the City. There can be no ambiguity about what happened two weeks ago. 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.

Thankfully, while the people of Derry will always remember the attack on the Tavern Bar, they will now also be able to associate it with the positive goodwill generated by everybody involved yesterday. The occasion brought together a group of people who would normally never have met, including for example one Republican who had not been in the Tavern Bar for thirty years, and we have all made a lot of new friends for future visits to Derry.

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A blog by Michael Nugent

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I also write Bionic Bohs, a blog about following Bohemians football club in the 1970s.

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