Republican activist Eamonn (Peggy) McCourt has said that the annual Derry Volunteer Cup will take place at Bishop Field on the weekend of the 18th and 19th July.
Peggy McCourt said,
“The Derry Volunteer Cup is an amalgamation of several football competitions that are held over the summer period in the Creggan area.
“The competition is in recognition of the local IRA Volunteers who died over the past forty years., many of whom where young men who played football.
“The eleven a side competition will be held over the weekend of the 18th and 19th July on Bishop Field with four teams representing Creggan, Bogside and Brandywell, Shantallow and Waterside competing for the trophy.
“This event is one of the ways in which we can pay tribute to those young men and women from the local community who paid the ultimate price in the struggle for Irish freedom.
“When Bobby Sands said ‘Our revenge will be the laughter of our children’ he was envisaging days like this as many of the players taking part in this competition will not have experienced the recent conflict.
“I would like to invite people to come along next week and participate in a weekend of fun and craic as well as paying tribute to the local patriot dead.”