A little over a week ago sides managed by Brian Cody anMick O’ Dwyer respectively played out an entertaining draw in a match organised to raise funds for two oncology.
Charity GAA Match was the brainchild of Richard Poole who organised the event to raise funds for St Luke’s and St James’ hospitals and to show that cancer survivors can return to living a normal life after beating the disease.
The game, played at O’ Moore Park in Portlaoise on May 5, featured teams comprised entirely of cancer survivors including a number of familiar faces.
Following the success of the event, a great video of the occasion has been released – opening with the unmistakable voice of the GAA Mícheál Ó Muirtheartaigh.
Among the stars on show were: former Cork hurling legend Joe Deane, Louth footballer Derek Shevlin and John McGrath of Wicklow.
Other players with inter-county experience to take part were former Tipperary hurler and footballer Eddie Connolly; Jason Hughes of Monaghan and former Fermanagh All-Star Martin McGrath.
The game ended in a draw on a scoreline of 3-09 to 1-15 with both managers, tongue firmly in cheek, feeling aggrieved with the refereeing.
As Ó Muirtheartaigh, commentating on the match, said though those taking part were already winners regardless of the scoreline:
“The one thing about every player on this field - they are already winners. They have many honours as sportsmen but their greatest honour is they've battled courageously and hopefully against the disease of cancer and they have conquered."
You can still donate to Charity GAA Match by visiting this link.