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Packie Bonner

Packie Bonner

Packie Bonner’s name is synonymous with the 1990 Fifa World Cup where he saved a penalty from Daniel Timofte of Romania in Italy during the knockout stage to secure a quarter final place for Ireland against host nation Italy. Packie made his debut for the Irish National team on his 21st birthday.

For his entire club career Bonner played for Celtic. After signing for the club in 1978 he stood in the goals for them a total of 642 times. He made his appearance as a full time player for the last time in 1995 to win the Scottish Cub Final. After this victory he took on the role of player-coach before leaving the club in 1998 to pursue a career as a coach.

On the international stage Bonner has made 80 appearances for his country playing in Euro 98, Italia 90, Euro 91, USA 94 and Euro 96.

Bonner went onto a career in the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) as the senior squad’s goalkeeping coach.

Our Aims and Objectives

THE THOMAS FRANCIS MEAGHER FOUNDATION WAS ESTABLISHED IN 2013 TO PROMOTE PRIDE IN AND RESPECT FOR THE IRISH FLAG AND THE UNDERSTANDING OF ITS SYMBOLISM AND MEANING FOR PEACE, IN PARTICULAR AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE IRRESPECTIVE OF ETHNICITY, CREED OR GENDER. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT ALL THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF IRELAND, INCLUDING THOSE WHO CONSTITUTE THE ‘NEW IRISH’, ARE MADE AWARE OF THE FLAG’S MESSAGE, AND ARE FULLY INCLUDED IN THE PROCESS OF MAKING IT A REALITY BY MAKING A SIGNIFICANT AND MEANINGFUL CONTRIBUTION AS ACTIVE CITIZENS. EACH YEAR, WE SEND OUT A FUNDRAISING PACK TO EACH OF OUR REGISTERED SCHOOLS, WHICH INCLUDE FLAG LAPEL PINS FOR THE STUDENTS TO SELL TO RAISE FUNDS FOR A CHARITY OR PROJECT OF THEIR CHOICE. WE ALSO PROVIDE SCHOOLS WITH PLANS FOR HOW TO CELEBRATE FLAG DAY, AND FLAGS FLOWN FROM 33 THE MALL. 

Aims and Objectives