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Nieldy's Irish tour diary: Cookstown OSC

  • 16 February 2012 23:29
  • Posted by Chris Nield

After a fantastic night in Donegal, there were a few bleary eyes in the CITC Soccer School tour party this morning as we set about making the relatively short journey east into Northern Ireland to Cookstown, Country Tyrone.

The drive took us through some of Ireland’s most breath-taking scenery, although the rolling hills, snaking streams and sharp climbs and drops did little to help settle the slightly off-colour (albeit self-inflicted) stomachs of a couple of our group from the night before.

Nevertheless, the approach to Cookstown was spectacular and we arrived at the splendid surroundings of the Glenavon Hotel with another busy schedule ahead.

Having read about the previous supporters club events in my previous diary entries, the Cookstown branch were determined to make their evening just as memorable. Guests, including esteemed members of the Cookstown District Council, were all treated to a fantastic meal ahead of the evening’s events with included a Q&A session with Paul Lake ahead of the screening of City’s Europa League win in Porto, and the chance to help raise money for City Giving via a raffle for an array of great prizes.

Our party felt honoured to have been invited along to share such a special evening, the final OSC event of our week-long tour, with some wonderfully proud, passionate and generous supporters.


Friday sees the final day of our visit, with the last of the CITC Soccer School sessions being held at the Mid-Ulster Arena before we head to Belfast for an overnight ferry back to England.

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