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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Sam gives stars a mountain to climb

Published 11/04/2014 | 02:30

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Pictured at the launch of 'Sam to the Summit' which will take place on May 16th 2014 at Keel GAA field in County Kerry on Thursday night were legendary footballers Darragh O'Se, Tom Prendergast and Anthony Kerins. Photo: Don MacMonagle
Pictured at the launch of 'Sam to the Summit' which will take place on May 16th 2014 at Keel GAA field in County Kerry on Thursday night were legendary footballers Darragh O'Se, Tom Prendergast and Anthony Kerins. Photo: Don MacMonagle

SAM is coming back to The Kingdom ... but only on loan and to make a bit of GAA history for a good cause.

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The Dubs will reluctantly relinquish their hold on Gaelic football's most coveted trophy so it can be be brought to the summit of Ireland's highest peak on May 16 to raise money for development projects in Africa.

GAA legends from the 32 counties are taking part in the 'Sam to the Summit' challenge that aims to raise €100,000 for Alan Kerins Projects in Africa.

It will also be the first time All-Ireland medals carried by 32 players representing every county will be gathered in the one spot – on top of Carrauntoohil.

Dublin All-Ireland winner Barry Cahill, who has already signed up for the challenge, will keep an eye on Sam and will also represent his home county and carry his medal.

Other well-known faces taking part include Cork's Graham Canty, Kerry great Seamus Moynihan, Down's Mickey Linden and Tyrone's Peter Canavan.

They will be joined by former GAA president Dr Mick Loftus, who at 85 has committed to completing part of the trek representing Mayo. GAA fans can also take part in the history-making feat by raising €2,500 and joining their sporting heroes but places are limited.

Galway's Alan Kerins, who won an All-Ireland medal for his county, has mobilised the GAA community to support the effort which was launched last night at Keel GAA Club near Castlemaine in Co Kerry.

All money raised will go towards providing education for orphaned children in Zambia, clean water for villages and secure housing.

To register for the challenge and for more details, email info@samforthesummit.com

Irish Independent

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