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After The Ball - Eoin Hand Sings for Guide Dogs

Former Irish international footballer, Eoin Hand has released a CD in aid of the Irish Guide Dogs for the blind. Hand, who also managed the Republic of Ireland team in the 1980's, launched the 14 track recording in the Brazen Head pub in November 2009. The Brazen Head, the oldest pub in Dublin, was also where Eoin Hand was born in 1946. His mother Monica, who died in May 2009, ran the pub during the 1930's and 40's. Hand recorded the CD in memory of Monica.

Eoin Hand Football Career

Eoin Hand played schoolboy football for the famous Drumcondra soccer club Stella Maris. After a very brief spell with English club Swindon Town he returned to play in the league of Ireland for Dundalk, Shelbourne, and Drumcondra FC. In 1968 Hand signed for Portsmouth FC and went on to notch up a total of 277 appearances for the south of England outfit. During his time with Portsmouth he won the first of 19 caps for the Republic of Ireland senior football team.

In 1979 Eoin Hand began his managerial career with Limerick United winning the league at the first attempt. Hand succeeded John Giles as manager of the Republic of Ireland for the 1982 World Cup qualification campaign. In a tough group that included France and

Belgium Ireland lost out on qualification on goal difference. After two further qualification campaigns Hand was succeeded by Jack Charlton.

After The Ball CD

Recorded in John B Keane's pub in Listowel After The Ball contains 14 tracks, twelve songs and two of Eoin’s own recollections “Lessons Along the Way” and “Reminiscences”.

The inside sleeve is a collector's item and includes photos of Eoin in the company of George Best, Jack Charlton, Luke Kelly and Ron Greenwood amongst others.

Tracks include Working Man by Rita MacNeill, Rose of Clare by Richard Ball, Summer of '62 by Dermot O'Brien, Leaving of Nancy by Eric Bogle, and Matthew by Johnny McEvoy.

It also includes traditional gems such as After the Ball, Going to California, Three Score and Ten, The Nightingale, and Come by the Hills.

After The Ball, a hugely attractive collection of tunes performed beautifully by a major Irish soccer figure, is in aid of charity and is available for a recommended donation of just €15

Mickey MacConnell, renowned musician and famous for writing Only our rivers run free helped to produce this outstanding live recording.

In Aid of Charity

All of the proceeds from the sales of After The Ball will go to charity. With the exception of sales in Listowel which will raise funds for St. John's Arts Centre, all of the funds raised will go to the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. There are just over 170 guide dogs working in Ireland and each dog costs €38,000 to breed train and maintain. Irish Guide Dogs depends upon donations from the public for about 85% of it's funding. Guide dogs help to improve the quality of the lives of their owners immeasurably and demand exceeds the supply of trained dogs. In 2008 work began on the €4.5m redevelopment of the headquarters in Model Farm Road and Training Centre aimed at increasing the organisation’s capacity to provide services to an increased

number of clients. The Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind could really do with the support of the Irish soccer public so why not pick up a copy - or two - of Eoin Hand's After the Ball for a suggested donation of just €15 per copy.


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