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,
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
|Belgium Ireland lost out on qualification
on goal difference. After two further qualification campaigns Hand
was succeeded by Jack
After The Ball CD
Recorded in John B Keane's
pub in Listowel After The Ball contains 14 tracks, twelve
songs and two of Eoins own recollections Lessons Along
the Way and Reminiscences.
Mickey MacConnell, renowned musician and famous
for writing Only our rivers run free helped to produce this outstanding
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
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 organisations
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.