Aidan O’Mahony's winning boots net €25,000 for charity

He’s worn winning footwear from the get-go and now the boots that took Aidan O’Mahony to an All-Ireland title have gone on to raise €25,000 in a charity auction.

The Kerry senior footballer had handed his boots to a smiling youngster that caught his eye in the crowd in Croke Park on All-Ireland final day last month.

It turned out 11-year-old Diarmaid De Bhillis was a youngster with special needs. Diarmaid avails of a Killarney-based service called Home from Home, designed to give respite to parents and siblings of children with special needs. The service caters for the 4-18 age group and facilitates 18 families in Kerry.

It was subsequently decided that the blue and red boots, which the five-time All-Ireland winner wore in all his matches this year, would be raffled to raise funds for Home for Home, which relies largely on voluntary fundraising.

The Kerry Association in London auctioned the boots at the weekend at their annual dinner dance in London and raised €25,000. The auction was won by a Kerry London businessman.

Secretary of the association Tara Cronin said the boots won’t be staying in England.

“We’ve agreed to give the boots back to Home from Home,” Tara said. The intention was to return to Kerry next month and present the cheque and return the boots.

“I think we’re going to put them in a glass box so they can keep them there,” Tara added.


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