The Donegal Sports Star Committee have confirmed that the FAI Chief Executive Officer John Delaney will be the organisation’s special guest for the 38th annual awards ceremony in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Friday, January 31.
It’s a huge coup for the committee to have secured the soccer chief just a few short months after he rubber-stamped the appointments of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane as the new Republic of Ireland management team.
Sports Star Committee Chairperson Neil Martin, who confirmed the news on Saturday evening, said he was delighted that Delaney had accepted the invitation to present the awards.
“John Delaney is known across all sports not just soccer over the past decade as CEO of the FAI,” Martin said. “Coming to our awards so soon after one of the most talked managerial appointments in the history of Irish soccer will make it an extra special occasion when I’ve no doubt we’ll learn more about John’s involvement in getting Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane to manage our national team.”
Delaney is no stranger to Donegal having being special guest at previous soccer functions in the county including a Kilmacrennan Celtic celebration in the Lagoon four years ago. He also led the FAI delegation to Donegal in July 2012 for the week long ‘Festival of Football,’ which culminated with the organisation’s AGM in the Mount Errigal Hotel.