Bohs and Rovers join forces for hospital visits

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Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers, keen rivals in football, are coming together in a show of support for children in hospital.

Players from both teams will visit Temple Street Hospital tomorrow (Wednesday 19th March, at 10.30am).

Just two days later the teams will face each other in a Dublin derby that is a regular highlight of the football season.

On Friday 21st March (7.45pm) Bohemians will host the first Bohs-Rovers derby of the 2014 League of Ireland season in Dalymount Park, just up the road from Temple Street.

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“The rivalry between us motivates the players to perform strongly when we play each other, and it motivates the fans to make a special effort to get behind their teams,” said Bohemian manager Owen Heary.

“But the players, coaches and supporters of both clubs also share a lot. Off the field of play we can each play constructive roles in our communities, and we can play our parts together.”

In two months’ time, when Shamrock Rovers host a derby league match at the Tallaght Stadium (23rd May), the teams will pay a joint visit to Tallaght Hospital.

The rivals will also meet in May in the Leinster Senior Cup quarter-finals.

“We hope to brighten the days of the children and other patients and staff we meet,” said Shamrock Rovers manager Trevor Croly. “Our derby matches with Bohemians are always special occasions and these hospital visits will make them that bit more special.”

Denise Fitzpatrick, CEO Fundraising at Temple Street Hospital, congratulated Bohemians and Shamrocks Rovers on this joint initiative. “We know from previous experiences that a hospital visit like this from footballers can mean a lot to the children they meet,” she said.

In 2009, players from Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers agreed to wear shirts promoting breast cancer awareness as their ‘away’ strip when they faced each other in the league.

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