On Thursday 26 March 2009 at a dinner in Curitiba, Brazil, Don Mullan was presented to Pelé as the first European Ambassador of the Little Prince Hospital.
“I am happy you are part of the team,” Pele told the Irish author. “As they say in football – ‘Keep the ball rolling.”
Mullan was invited by the British sports magazine, ‘The League’ to write an article about Pele’s Goals for Life and the Little Prince Hospital for its April 2009 edition. You may access the article by clicking here.
All photographs in the article were taken by Mullan on his NOKIA N95 mobile phone.
Don Mullan is the bestselling author of Eyewitness Bloody Sunday, the book that was credited as a primary catalyst in the establishment of the new Bloody Sunday Inquiry, and which inspired the 2002 award-winning film Bloody Sunday, on which Mullan worked as co-producer. He is currently working on a film script for his latest book, Gordon Banks: A Hero Who Could Fly. Here he chooses his top 10 books on his other heroes.
“And it was not as if Mullan was a sentimentalist: this was a tenacious investigative journalist whose working life was intrinsically linked to the events and enquiry into Bloody Sunday in Derry. He was no stranger to fame and his ferocious work as a human rights campaigner took him into the company of global figures like Rosa Parks, Bill Clinton, Mick Jagger, even the Dalai Lama. But with Banks it was different. This was the person to whom Mullan had attached all his childhood ambition and fears growing up as a child in the Creggan, just as the nationalist movement in Derry was about to combust.”
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