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Gael force: All Stars help with Hurricane Sandy clean-up in US

Colm Keys New York

Published 19/11/2012 | 05:00

Cork’s Donal Og Cusack and Dublin’s Michael Darragh MacAuley, Paul Flynn and Bernard Brogan help the clean-up in Breezy Point
The GAA stars move debris

SOME of the GAA's top stars have visited the Irish community left devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

Dublin's Bernard Brogan, Paul Flynn and Michael Darragh MacAuley were joined by their former manager Pat Gilroy, Cork footballer Colm O'Neill and Cork hurler Donal Og Cusack for the visit to Breezy Point, where they helped with the clean up.

The players are in New York for the 2012 All Stars and travelled to the coastal district in Queens, known as the 'Irish Riviera', at the invitation of the community.

Breezy Point is the 'most Irish' neighbourhood in the US with over 60pc of the population in the 2,800-home private enclave considered Irish American, according to the last census.

The hurricane has affected almost all of the residents, many of whom have had to relocate.

One of the residents, Tyrone man Tim Devlin, told the All Star party that it could be 12 months before some residents are able to return. Many are still without power and a fire which broke out destroyed up to 120 homes.

The All Star party brought the Sam Maguire Cup to the area and were shown the devastation by residents still coming to terms with the storm's impact.

Irish Independent

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