The first annual Don Bosco Shield football competition was held on Wednesday, 4 March, at the Clontarf Road Sports Complex. This competition was held as part of the Bicentenary celebrations of the birth of St John Bosco, founder of the Salesian order. A total of 40 young people took part and came from organisations such as Don Bosco Care, Fr Peter McVerry Trust, Crosscare, and Sport Against Racism Ireland. The Don Bosco Care team comprised past and current residents.
A meal was prepared afterwards in the Don Bosco Care house on Clontarf Road for all those who played for this first football Shield. Fr Val Collier gave a presentation on the message of St John Bosco. The Don Bosco Shield was presented to the Fr Peter McVerry Trust winning captain by Fr Val Collier.
Ciaran Kenny complimented all the teams who took part in the football Shield. He congratulated them on the mutual respect which they had for each other and for the sporting manner in which the tournament was played. A presentation was made to the Player of the Tournament and the players from the winning and runner-up teams. It is hoped that the Don Bosco Shield will become an annual fixture.