Belfast Billy Murray: Sports in the War-Torn City of Odesa
September 02, 2023
Indeed, you read correctly. Belfast Billy Murray finds himself in the war-torn city of Odesa, all in the pursuit of sport. Murray was given the VIP treatment by city officials. Little did he know, an eye-opening experience awaited him. As he walked through the city, he couldn't help but wonder how a place amidst conflict could still radiate such beauty. But then, as if a sharp turn led him into a different world, he witnessed the heartbreaking aftermath of a UNESCO Heritage site struck by a bomb. In that moment, reality hit hard, reminding him exactly where he stood.
Amidst the chaos of war, the city officials tirelessly navigate through their daily routines. With a jam-packed schedule, back-to-back meetings dominate the day, but not before commencing the solemn flag-raising ceremony at the iconic Dumska Square.
Business as usual takes on a whole new meaning in these challenging times.
Full report with pictures and video to come