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Friday 22 September 2017

Galway turn out in force for All-Star Keady

Father and son winners Gearoid and Ger McInerney and Joe and Joseph Cooney Photo: Andrew Downes
Father and son winners Gearoid and Ger McInerney and Joe and Joseph Cooney Photo: Andrew Downes

More than 7,000 people turned out in Kenny Park in Athenry to witness All-Ireland champions Galway take on a team made up of the Tribesmen from the 1980s who won the Liam MacCarthy Cup three times.

Players from several other counties, along with the victorious Galway minor hurling team and members of the county camogie team, also participated in the match in memory of former All-Star Tony Keady, who died suddenly last month.

Joe Canning and David Burke ahead of the game between the 1988 team and others and the 2017 Winners. Photo: Andrew Downes
Joe Canning and David Burke ahead of the game between the 1988 team and others and the 2017 Winners. Photo: Andrew Downes

The 53-year-old was centre-back on the Galway team that won the All-Ireland title in 1987 and '88 with his performances winning him the Hurler of the Year crown in the latter year.

Mr Keady's widow Margaret and her four children were present. The referee stopped counting after a flurry of goals from the 1980s team, but a replay has not been ruled out.

Irish Independent

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