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Meet the GAA fan kicking a point at every GAA ground (1,616) in Ireland for impoverished children

Published 01/12/2015 | 08:16

Kevin O'Riordan on his KickForKolkata challenge
Kevin O'Riordan on his KickForKolkata challenge
Kevin O'Riordan on his KickForKolkata challenge

Tipperary man Kevin O'Riordan is aiming to become the first person to kick a point at every GAA ground in the country and has already checked on 15 counties in in his incredible charity fundraiser.

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The primary school teacher is aiming to complete the feat on St. Patrick's Day on All-Ireland Club Final Day in Croke Park and the daunting task will see him travel to all 1,616 grounds scattered across the country.

As well as creating his own bit of history, the aim of the challenge is to raise funds for the Hope Foundation after spending last summer teaching street children in Kolkata, India.

The Templemore native was so moved by conditions during his six-week stint in the impoverished city - most people live off less than €2 a day- that he decided to launch KickForKolkata on his 25th birthday in August.

15 counties completed now, and 608 clubs kicked in. A huge thanks to everyone who has donated so far. For anyone who...

Posted by Kick For Kolkata on Thursday, November 26, 2015

Last week he posted on the Facebook page that he had completed 15 counties and 608 GAA clubs and added to this number over the weekend by visiting more clubs in Kildare.

"I spend about five days a week on the road going from pitch to pitch," he told The Sun, admitting that the support he has received has far exceeded expectations.

Point kicked at St Conleths Park Kildare county grounds

Posted by Kick For Kolkata on Monday, November 30, 2015

"The Wicklow and Sligo county boards got wind of what I was doing and invited me to kick a point at half time in their senior club finals."

You can follow Kevin's progress on KickForKolkata Facebook page.

Kevin O'Riordan on his KickForKolkata challenge
Kevin O'Riordan on his KickForKolkata challenge

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