St. Kilian’s were visited by members of the German National Team and German Football Federation (DFB) in advance of the FIFA World Cup qualification Group C fixture against the Republic of Ireland.
During the visit, the DFB delegates and players met some of the students who play for the school’s football teams prior to a Questions & Answers session with the staff and students, which was conducted in German and English.
Alice Lynch, St Killian’s School Principal, said “ This was a tremendous gesture by members of the German squad to visit our school on the day of their important game, despite a busy schedule. We wish to thank them sincerely and in particular Mr Wolfgang Niersbach – President of the DFB – for being so accommodating with our request to receive the team. Our students were so excited to welcome the DFB and have been eagerly awaiting the event since it was announced to them earlier this week.”
Oliver Bierhoff, the former AC Milan and Germany striker and current Team Manager, stated on behalf of the DFB, “We were delighted to visit St Kilian’s Deutsche Schule in Dublin during our preparations for the big game tonight. We understand the importance for the students and the school to have the opportunity to meet some of their sporting heroes and the chance to speak to them regarding their experiences and careers. The DFB wishes to congratulate St Killian’s Deutsche Schule on its 60th anniversary and the important role it plays in maintaining the strong links and friendship that exist between Germany and Ireland ”.
ZDF’s Heute Sendung covered the event, check out the TV footage on the link.