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Doherty donation

Republic of Ireland and Wolves defender Matt Doherty has made a €15,000 donation towards buying equipment for a football course where he learned his trade. The Education Training Board (ETB) programme in Cabra has earmarked the funds to purchase laptops, GPS tracker vests and a motion camera for its 24 pupils. Doherty spent 18 months on the full-time programme before Mick McCarthy signed him for Wolves from Bohemians in 2010. The defender clearly has not forgotten his roots by making the gesture. Doherty said: “I feel the course was of huge benefit to me. I was 16, out of school and not up to much but the course instructors Harry McCue and Gino Brazil gave me the opportunity to train in a full-time environment. It educated me about the game and I can say that gym work helped me hit the ground running when I went to England.’’

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