17:51 Wednesday, 21 November 2018
The boys in green have returned from the tournament in Mexico victorious.
Ireland ended their 2018 Homeless World Cup campaign by winning the Telmex Telcel Trophy.
The team clinched the third-tier cup after defeating Romania 8-3 in the final in Mexico City.
47 nations took part in the World Cup.
IRELAND ARE CHAMPIONS!!!☘️
after winning 8-3 against Romania, our boys in green have secured the final and are now Champions of the TelMex Cup!
Congratulations to our boys in green. You did us so so proud and yourselves and country!!
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— Homeless St League (@IrishStLeague) November 18, 2018
Team Ireland is made up players from the Irish Homeless Street Leagues.
All of the players have experienced homelessness or have been in a drug or alcohol rehabilitation programmes.
The Irish Homeless Street Leagues were founded by Seán Kavanagh, editor of Ireland’s Big Issue magazine, in 2004.
The leagues use the power of sport to transform the lives of people from underprivileged, poorly educated, socially excluded and conflicting communities.
Playing soccer builds participants’ self-esteem, self-confidence and self discipline, empowering them to take responsibility for their own futures.
Garry and Fionnuala caught up with Team Ireland player Daniel Moore to ask him about the World Cup and his experience in the street leagues.