They’ve given us John Giles, Gerry Daly, Eoin Hand, Stephen Carr and Eamon Dunphy – all of whom have made a significant impact in top flight English soccer, with John Giles going on to establish himself as a true legend of the global game. They also gave us Ronnie Whelan Senior, father of the former Liverpool captain.
And if that were not enough, then Stella Maris FC can also claim credit for that Stephanie Roche wonder goal, which saw the young woman nominated for the prestigious 2014 FIFA Puskas award, in which she was runner up to Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez.
Quite a catalogue of achievement for a club founded in 1943 in Dublin’s North Inner City and based just off Richmond Road.
Not surprisingly, Stella Maris FC has enjoyed some remarkable success at national level and is renowned for the way it nurtures youth talent. A remarkable 45 club players have been capped for the Republic of Ireland over the years.
In short Stella Maris has made, and continues to make a hugely significant contribution to community life in its own locality and well beyond.
The club’s structures, systems and facilities are a treasured social asset that enrich the life and life chances of hundreds of children annually.
John Giles, now the club President speaks warmly of the formative role Stella Maris played in his life and development.