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Footballer James McClean praised for putting up homeless in Derry hotel

Derry-born footballer James McClean pictured with his wife Erin

FOOTBALLER James McClean has been praised after stepping in to help homeless people in his native Derry.

The Republic of Ireland international has paid for six homeless people to stay in a city hotel for several days with meals provided for.

His act of kindness was revealed by his sister Mary-Jane, who shared the news on social media of what her brother and his wife Erin had done over the weekend.

"My brother has huge heart. Him & Erin just paid for 6 homeless people to stay in the Maldron Hotel for a few nights with food," she wrote.

"We're just away collecting them now & taking them to the hotel.

"Already left a wee man to the hotel who lays at Foyleside (shopping centre), the critter is buzzing. Going to get collect more now. You are a credit James McClean & Erin McClean."


A Romanian man who was among those to benefit from McClean’s kindness said he was taken to a “very good hotel for four days” and thanked the footballer for his generosity.

It is the latest in a long list of generous acts by the footballer.

He has donated money to a wide range of causes in the past, including children in need of medical care.

He also helped purchase a new underage kit for his former GAA club, Sean Dolans CLG.

The Stoke City winger donated £3,000 last year to help pay for the medical bills of a 17-month-old toddler who is suffering with an aggressive form of eye cancer and has also previously given funds to the family of Derry toddler Ronan McGavigan who was killed in a road accident in the city.

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