The great and the good of the GAA Community in Ireland are putting their weight behind the upcoming Charity Match to be played in O’Moore Park on May 5.
The game is unique in that both teams will be made up of cancer survivors representing St Luke’s and St James’s Hospital. All funds raised will go to the cancer research units at the hospitals.
The teams will be managed by GAA legends Brian Cody and Mick O’Dwyer and they will be playing for the Professor Hollywood Memorial Cup.
Since the launch of the event last year, the organisers have been inundated with responses from cancer survivors looking to take part in the game.
Among those taking part will be Wicklow Senior Footballer John McGrath who was diagnosed who was diagnosed with leukaemia in February 2011. He will captain the St James’s team.
Captaining the St Luke’s team will be captained by Laois man Richard Poole who had the original idea to run the event. Richard beleives that the key message from the game is to show that there is life after cancer.
A number of national GAA figures have gotten behind the game including Tomas Mulcahy, Ger Loughnane, GAA President Liam O’Neill, Pat Spillane, Anthony Daly, Pat Gilroy, Bernard Flynn as well as numerous current players.
Also in attendance will be the Artane Boy’s Band and international Soprano Celine Byrne.
Tickets priced at just €5 are on sale for the game which promises to be a celebration for people who have overcome cancer while raising vital funds to furhter research for those who still battle against the condition.
For further details check out the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CharityGAAMatch or on Twitter @GAAMatch