Friday 20 October 2017

Victorious Clare hurlers pay visit to sick children in hospital

Clare's Padraic Collins with ten year old Aisling Keogh, from Raharney, Co. Westmeath, and the Liam MacCarthy cup on a visit by the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Champions to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin.
Clare's Padraic Collins with ten year old Aisling Keogh, from Raharney, Co. Westmeath, and the Liam MacCarthy cup on a visit by the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Champions to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin.
Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald with ten year old Aisling Keogh, from Raharney, Co. Westmeath, and the Liam MacCarthy cup on a visit by the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Champions to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin
Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald with two and a half year old Nicholas Partick Power and his mother Alice, from Gurteen, Co. Sligo, and the Liam MacCarthy cup on a visit by the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Champions to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin
Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald with 6 month old Emma Monahan and her mother Sinead, from Ballymote, Co. Sligo, and the Liam MacCarthy cup on a visit by the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Champions to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin
Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald with 6 month old Emma Monahan and her mother Sinead, from Ballymote, Co. Sligo, and the Liam MacCarthy cup on a visit by the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Champions to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin
29 September 2013; Clare's Pat O'Connor with 3 month old Brian Tierney and his mother Sadie, from Thurles, Co. Tipperary, and the Liam MacCarthy cup on a visit by the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Champions to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin
Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald with ten year old Aisling Keogh, from Raharney, Co. Westmeath, and the Liam MacCarthy cup on a visit by the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Champions to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin
29/9/13 Hurlers Colin Ryan and Podge Collins with Aisling Keogh, age 10, Meath members of the Clare All Ireland hurling champions, visiting Our Ladys childrens hospital in Crumlin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Aoife Bolton age 7, Kilrush County Clare with Dave McInearney, member of the Clare All Ireland hurling champions
Aoife Bolton age 7, Kilrush County Clare with her mum Caroline, Clare manager Davey Fitzgerald and members of the Clare All Ireland hurling champions
Jodie Vard, age 13, Dalkey with Pat O'Connor, member of the Clare All Ireland hurling champions, visiting Our Ladys hospital in Crumlin
Jodie Vard, age 13, Dalkey with Pat O'Connor and Podge Collins, members of the Clare All Ireland hurling champions, visiting Our Ladys in Crumlin
Stephen Kelly Buggy with his father Dave and Patrick Donlon, member of the Clare All Ireland hurling champions, visiting Our Ladys
Brian Doorley Tierney, 3 months and mum Sadie with Pat O'Connor member of the Clare All Ireland hurling champions, visiting Our Ladys hospital in Crumlin
Hospital staff with members of the Clare All Ireland hurling champions, visiting Our Ladys childrens hospital in Crumlin
Hurler Podge Collins with Aisling Keogh, age 10, members of the Clare All Ireland hurling champions, visiting Our Ladys childrens hospital in Crumlin
Emma Monahan, 6 months and mum Sinead, Sligo with Clare manager Davey Fitzgerald as members of the Clare All Ireland hurling champions, visiting Our Ladys childrens hospital in Crumlin

CLARE’s victorious hurlers, who are due to receive a hero’s welcome when they return to Ennis this evening, first made a detour to a children’s hospital where they showed off the Liam McCarthy cup.

Manager Davy Fitzgerald described the visit to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin in Dublin as “emotional” as he met seriously ill children from around the county.

The All-Ireland winners were given a hero’s welcome by patients, parents and staff as they toured the hospital meeting and greeting young fans.

Among those who posed for photographs with the manager and players was Aoife Bolton (7) from Kilrush, Co Clare.

The youngster, who is recovering from heart surgery, watched the nail-biting match against Cork with her mother Caroline in her hospital bedroom.

“We were watching it in here, but were a little groggy,” said mum Caroline.

“She just had her operation on Friday and today is the first time she’s up and out of bed so it’s great to have this excitement,” she added.

The hurlers, including captain Pat Donnellan, Patrick O’Connor, Colin Ryan, Padraig Collins, David McInerney and Brendan Bugler, spent almost two hours walking around the wards before they were whisked away with a garda escort to rejoin the rest of the team as they headed home to Clare.

By Breda Heffernan

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