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Learn more about the Thomas F Meagher Foundation

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 F Meagher Foundation aims to promote pride in and respect for the Irish flag and its true meaning for peace on this island. The Foundation is named after Thomas Francis Meagher, Irish Patriot, US army general and Governor of Montana who flew the first Tricolour flag on the 7th of March 1848 from 33 The Mall in Waterford at the Wolf Tone Club. The Thomas F Meagher Foundation strives to ensure that every citizen in Ireland and in particular, every schoolchild is aware of the history and meaning behind the National Flag and recognises the extraordinary life of Thomas F Meagher.

At the 1848 Tricolour Celebration in Waterford the Foundation will present all schools with an Irish Tricolour flown from 33 The Mall. The Foundation will also be a vehicle for participating schools across Ireland to raise funds for their own projects during ‘Flag Week’. In order to support active citizenship in Ireland, the Foundation has established an awards and scholarships programme to recognise outstanding students who have contributed to their school and community by displaying commitment to the aims of the Foundation.

Irish Flags which had flown from 33 The Mall, Waterford from where Thomas F. Meagher flew the first Tricolour were presented by the city’s Mayor in conjunction with the Thomas F. Meagher Foundation at the 1848 Tricolour Celebration on the 1,100th anniversary of the City to every Mayor and Chairperson of all City and County Councils in the State for display in their Council Chambers. A school from each county were also presented with a Tricolour to mark the occasion.

Aims and Objectives