The final preparations are being put in place this week for the eagerly anticipated charity football games which will be played in O’Moore park next Monday, May 5.
The brainchild of Laois man Richard Poole, the Professor Hollywood Memorial Cup is a unique match that will be played by those who have received treatment for cancer. The match will raise much needed funds which will go directly to the cancer units in St Luke’s and St James’s hospitals.
All of the players from up and down the country travelled to Dublin last Saturday for a training session in the GAA grounds in UCD.
Players from all over the country, including a number from Laois, will take to the field under the expert guidance of Mick O’Dwyer (St James’s) and Brian Coady (St Luke’s). The players have all been very generous with their time and effort over the last year working to raise funds for St James’s and St Lukes hospitals while taking part in radio and Newspaper interviews.
This Thursday morning, Marty McGrath along with Sean Boylan will be interviewed on Ireland AM at 10am. They will be talking about their experiences dealing with cancer and their involvement in this match.
The day of the match will start with a Ladies Football game between Sarsfields Ladies from Mountmellick, managed by Alan George and well known Cork legend Tomas Mulcahy, representing St Luke’s Hospital who will take on the Baltinglass Ladies from Wicklow, managed by Paul Garrigan representing St James’s Hospital. This match will start at 1pm followed by the men’s match at 3pm.
The most recognisable voice in the GAA, Micheal O’ Muircheartaigh will commentate on the game. The Sam Maguire Cup will also be in O’Moore Park on the day and there will be plenty of photo opportunities with the cup and the well known GAA personalities who will be in attendance.
Entertainment will be provided by the Artane Band and the international Soprano Celine Byrne who have generously given up their time to be with us. Midlands 103 will broadcast live from the event.
The organisers are very grateful for the assistance and support they have received from the president of the GAA, Liam O’ Neill, who helped to launch the event last August and he will be in attendance.
Speaking on behalf of the organisers Richard Poole said, “We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who worked so hard to make this event possible, to all whom offered their time, effort, sponsorship, and support we are truly grateful. To the players I would like to say a very special thank you for agreeing to participate in this match. I know from personal experience that it has been a long road from diagnosis to O’Moore Park. They truly are a remarkable group of individuals who should be very proud of what they have achieved in raising funds for the cancer units in St James’s and St Luke’s hospitals but equally for the inspiring message of hope and encouragement that their participation in this match will offer to others. As we head out on to the pitch on Monday we are very thankful to our family, friends and to all of you who come along to support us.”
Tickets for the Match can be purchased on the day or at www.charitygaamatch.com or to donate €4 text the word Match to 50300