SARI ALL STARS BEAT LOVE/HATE CAST AT SOCCERFEST 2014

The stars of RTE's top drama Love/Hate were beaten 2 -1 by the SARI All Stars at the 18th annual SARI Soccerfest in the Phoenix Par, Dublin on Sunday . The SARI All Stars were captained by the Minister of State at the Dept. of Justice Aodhán Ó Ríordáin. SARI Soccerfest is Europe's largest intercultural 7- aside soccer tournament, which aims to promote cultural integration and social development in Irish life through sport.

The match, refereed by SARI Director and Former Ireland Manager Brian Kerr pitted the stars of the hit crime series - Aidan Gillen, Peter Coonan, Chris Newman, Barry Keoghan, Ciaran O' Reilly, Ian Lloyd Anderson, Laurence Kinlan against the SARI All-Star team captained by Minister Ó Ríordáin. The creator and writer of Love Hate, Stuart Carolan, managed from the touch line. 64 teams from across Ireland participated in the games over the course of the two days including eight teams from across Direct Provision Centres and Refugee Centres, as well as representatives from Ireland's Traveller community.

Minister Ó Ríordáin who has special responsibility for Equality, New Communities and Culture with the Department of Justice and Equality captained the SARI All-Stars team which also included Marie Louise Reilly and Jenny Murphy from Ireland's women's rugby team. Speaking at the event Minister O' Ríordáin said "The SARI Soccerfest is a great example of the little things people can do to make a big difference in people's lives. Sport provides a brilliant opportunity to overcome boundaries, look beyond differences and unite people and today men, women and children have come from right across the country to make that possible."

Over 5,000 spectators travelled to the Phoenix Park over the course of the two days to watch 64 teams made up of 40 men's teams, eight women's teams, eight Under-15 teams and eight Under-13 teams participate. SARI Director and Former Ireland manager Brian Kerr who refereed the All-Stars game said "I want to thank everyone who participated in today's All-Stars match especially Minister Ó Ríordáin for leading the SARI All-Stars. For SARI the All-Stars game helps SARI communicate the huge role sport can play in bringing people together. SARI's greatest strength and experience is in organising and delivering inter-cultural sports events that allow people to learn about their similarities rather than call out the differences. That is why we are so very proud to see all these great teams come together today to play the beautiful game."

"It is also great to see so many families and spectators calling up to watch the weekend of football. We have had a massive turn out and people have been treated to some brilliant displays of football. SARI is very grateful to everyone who made today possible"

Special thanks to Joe Costello TD, Brian Kerr and John Devine for presenting the medals and trophies.

And many thanks to our sponsors without whom Soccerfest would not be possible:

The Iris O'Brien Foundation
98FM
Dublin City Council
Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration, Department of Justice
The Football Association of Ireland (FAI)
National Lottery
IMPACT
Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT)
Concern Worldwide
Communicorp
Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO)
The Office of Public Works (OPW)
John Rocha
Lee Brothers 
Fyffes
Football For Hope 


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