An evening with a Killa

Kevin in action for Republic of Ireland. He represented the Boys in Green 110 times and is their third most capped player
Kevin in action for Republic of Ireland. He represented the Boys in Green 110 times and is their third most capped player

Kevin Kilbane, known for playing with Wigan, Sunderland and Everton among other clubs and winning 110 caps for Republic of Ireland, will be a guest of the Republic of Ireland Soccer Supporters Club (London) for their annual charity quiz at the Moran Hotel in Cricklewood on Friday the 23rd January 2015. The event will be in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland.

This organiation is close to Kevin’s heart as the condition affects his daughter Elsie. Funds raised by his autobiography Killa went to both The Down’s Syndrome Association and Down Syndrome Ireland. In his memoir, Kevin wrote about the adjustment that came with finding out his daughter had the condition.

Kevin told The Irish World in 2014:  “It is quite difficult for families to adjust certainly in the early years but the big message is probably that you can get through it and there’s ways to get through it.

“There’s always going to be negatives along the way. I think you’ve just got to take the positives and try to draw on past experiences from other people, try to learn and help if you can as well.

“There’s so much you see (about the condition) in the papers and on TV, there are a lot of people that probably do need to be educated and not just on Down’s syndrome but on various other conditions that I wouldn’t be too familiar with.

“It’s obviously something I’ve got a vested interest in and if I can try to help and try to put the condition in a positive light, it is my duty to try to do that.

“Hopefully just with the book coming, it can help someone, some family somewhere, along the line.”

Kevin pictured raising some awareness for Down Syndrome Ireland. Picture courtesy of Paddy Power
Kevin pictured raising some awareness for Down Syndrome Ireland. Picture courtesy of Paddy Power

The quiz event takes place in the Bentley Room and will be preceded by our general club meeting, to which all are welcome. The meeting is scheduled to commence at 7.30pm. Kevin Kilbane will join us to reflect upon his magnificent football career, encompassing more than six hundred appearance with several prominent clubs, together and his time with Republic of Ireland that stretched from 1997 to 2011.

Kevin will present the Quiz Trophies, which have again been sponsored by Cara Stationery, and assist with the Special Charity Raffle, provisionally scheduled for10.15pm.

The supporters club also have a limited supply of the Kevin Kilbane autobiography Killa, will be available at the special enhanced charitable price of £20. Kevin will be delighted to personalise and sign the book. Any club members who want a personalised book but can’t attend should email club treasurer Andre Maxwell on treasurer@rissc.org

Kevin Kilbane played in the 2002 World Cup with Republic of Ireland. After beginning his career with his local club Preston North End, he turned down the opportunity to represent England at underage level, saying he would much rather play for the country of his heritage. This was much to the annoyance of his manager at the time Sam Allardyce. He also played for West Brom, Sunderland, Everton, Wigan, Hull City, Huddersfield City, Derby County and Coventry City.

Special guest at the supporter’s club quiz last year was Leeds United great, former Republic of Ireland manager and RTE analyst John Giles who was happy to answer questions on anything from his career.

Also present at the upcoming event will be FAI Regional Manager and Confederation of Republic of Ireland Supporters Clubs Co-ordinator  Gerry Reardon together with his FAI colleague  Pat Duffy,  the National League Underage Co-ordinator who also leads the administration of the various charitable projects supported by the Association.

Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) is a national voluntary organisation supporting people with Down Syndrome and their families.  DSI represents and supports 3,500 members through a professionally staffed national office and twenty-five local branches nationwide.  DSI is substantially funded through donations and national fundraising events

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