IRISH LEAGUE: Crusaders and Glenavon prepare for Charity Shield showdown

Ross Holden of Crusaders (left), Mark Sykes(Glenavon far right), pictured with Patricia McCabe (NI Hospice  Auxiliary Nurse), Adrian Teer, Chairman NIFL, Sir Bruce Robinson, NI Hospice and Debbie Sharkey, NI Hospice

Ross Holden of Crusaders (left), Mark Sykes(Glenavon far right), pictured with Patricia McCabe (NI Hospice Auxiliary Nurse), Adrian Teer, Chairman NIFL, Sir Bruce Robinson, NI Hospice and Debbie Sharkey, NI Hospice

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The curtain call for the new domestic football season will kick-off on July 30 with the Charity Shield.

Danske Bank Premiership champions Crusaders will face last season’s Irish Cup winners Glenavon in the glamour fixture.

The game at Mourneview Park will once again benefit Northern Ireland Hospice, supporting its world-class palliative care services, staff, patients and families.

Glentoran won the Charity Shield last season thanks to a narrow victory over Belfast rivals Crusaders.

Northern Ireland Hospice recently opened a £13m dementia-friendly hospice in Belfast – an 18-bedroom facility that provides the highest quality care to patients and support for loved ones.

The new hospice also includes an In Patient Unit, a Day Hospice, an education and research centre, private patient gardens, family facilities and a community nursing hub.

It costs £6m per year for Northern Ireland Hospice to provide its services in hospice and in the community.

Heather Weir, NI Hospice CEO said: “Northern Ireland football clubs and the local fans have been great supporters of Northern Ireland Hospice throughout the years. Last year’s final was a great spectacle and we hope this season’s opener will be just as entertaining.

Entry to the game will be £8 adult, £5 for 12-16 years-old, U12s enjoy free admission.