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Fr Ragheed Ganni Soccer Tournament 2015

Posted on 07. Nov, 2015 in Carousel


Action from the 2015 Fr Ragheed Ganni Memorial Soccer Tournament.

The Fr Ragheed Ganni Memorial Soccer Tournament took place at the Irish College, Rome on Saturday, 7th November 2015. The annual tournament is dedicated to Fr Ragheed, an Irish College alumnus who was martyred for his faith in Iraq in 2007. Ragheed came to the Irish College in 1996 as a seminarian and was ordained priest in 2001. He stayed on in this college as a postgraduate priest until 2003 when he returned to Iraq. During his years in the Irish College, he played on the College soccer team, and so this tournament, the Fr Ragheed Ganni Cup was established in his memory.

Six teams took part, representing the Irish College, English College, Marist College, North American College, Beda College, and Scots College. An important feature of the Fr Ragheed Ganni Memorial Soccer Tournament is that it concludes with all the participants celebrating Vespers in the College Chapel. Fr Ragheed Ganni celebrated his first Mass as a Priest in this Chapel, and he is now depicted in the apse mosaic, carrying the martyrs’ palm branch.

Congratulations to the Venerable English College team, victorious in this year’s tournament.

To view photographs of the occasion, click here.