Ballymun’s favourite son wears the jersey again

Christy McElligott had a glittering career in football.

The Ballymun local played League of Ireland football with St Patricks Athletic, where he won the league under Brian Kerr, before work commitments forced him to return to the amateur game with his local side Ballymun Utd.

While at Ballymun McElligott captained his side to FAI Junior Cup glory over St Kevins in 2001. He was also capped at Junior International level for the Republic of Ireland.

McElligott is still foundly remembered at the club, indeed most agree is he was the best ever to play at the club.

Tragically, six weeks after winning the FAI Junior Cup Christy lost his leg in a motor accident.

However, despite the accident and what followed McElligott has remained involved in the game. McElligott went on to play for and manage the Ireland Amputee team and remains involved as an IAFA Development Officer.

The former Mun standout has proved an inspiration not only for those with lost limbs, but for anyone planning on giving up.

You can watch some of McElligott’s story here:

McElligott is so important to Ballymun and such an essential part of the clubs history that it wouldn’t seem right to
have a game involving members past and present without him and they didn’t.

The Mun legend took to the pitch today in the friendly donning the crest he proudly wore as an FAI Junior Cup winning captain.


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