Stephen Doyle
Stephen Doyle

17.11 30 Mar 2020


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Seamus Coleman is the latest Republic of Ireland international to make a donation to the League of Ireland Emergency Fund.

The Irish captain's contribution has helped increase the amount in the pot to over €30,000.

News of the fund first emerged through over a week ago as it was announced by the agency, Integrity Sports, run by former Ireland and Arsenal striker Graham Barrett.

They thanked Coleman for his donation in a social media post on Monday.

"Big thank you to Ireland captain Seamus Coleman for his recent contribution to the League of Ireland Emergency Fund," reads the Instagram post.

"An incredible gesture from an incredible man and leader. The fund total is now in excess of €30,000."

Coleman joined current club Everton from Sligo Rovers for £60,000 over a decade ago and his former League of Ireland club are struggling at present.

The Bit O' Red were forced to announce temporary lay-offs after the league was suspended, due to the COVID-19 crisis, which in turn decimated the club's income streams.

Other clubs such as Cork City and Drogheda United have had to suspend wages while the league remains in limbo.

News of the fund first emerged over a week ago with Sheffield United defender Enda Stevens, Burnley stopper Kevin Long and Stoke City winger James McClean among the Integrity Sports clients who made donations.

At that point the agency had raised €25,000 to put towards the fund to be used "to aid players who will undoubtedly need assistance over the coming weeks", reads the statement that was originally released.

"We know that this money is not a solution in itself and we have made the gesture because we have all benefited from being involved with the League of Ireland and recognise that the league’s survival is imperative to the continued progression of football within this country."

Stevens, Long and McClean have all plied their trade in the domestic league and the latter was more than happy to try and help out.

"Given what’s going on in the world right now, it’s important that everyone in every industry sticks together," the ex-Derry City midfielder told his followers on Instagram.

"And I just want to throw my support behind this cause because it’s a cause that means a lot to me; it’s where I started. And it’s just a small gesture that can hopefully go a long way."

Coleman also made a huge donation to the 'Feed The Heroes' campaign last week and thanked all of the frontline staff fighting the coronavirus in Ireland.


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