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Saturday 23 August 2014

Hurling stars turn out to celebrate Ken McGrath

Mark O'Regan

Published 28/06/2014 | 02:30

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Ken McGrath with his family wife Dawn and daughters Ceilin (15) and Ali (7) before the start of the Ken McGrath All Star Challenge, Munster v Leinster, Walsh Park, Waterford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

IT was a family affair for former All Star Waterford hurler Ken McGrath, who lined out with his wife and children ahead of a special fundraiser.

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A host of inter-county players took part in the special charity match in Walsh Park, Waterford, which raised funds for the former GAA star, who is recovering from open heart surgery.

The 36-year-old suffered a brain hemorrhage last December, and was diagnosed with an abnormal valve and infection in his heart requiring surgery.

The ex-Deise star went under the knife at Dublin's Beacon Hospital in April. He faces a lengthy and costly rehabilitation process.

The Ken McGrath All Star Challenge featured a Leinster v Munster selection. The Leinster team was managed by Brian Cody, with the Munster team by Davy Fitzgerald.

"I know I speak for the committee in expressing our gratitude to Brian and Davy. They expressed a desire to help Ken in whatever way possible and we knew, we were pushing an open door, such was their enthusiasm," said chairman Tom Shanahan.

Irish Independent

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