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Monday 25 September 2017

Tipp stars show true colours to support Connolly in charity run

Eddie Connolly
Eddie Connolly

Jackie Cahill

HAVING hurled with and against him, Padraic Maher is well aware of Eddie Connolly's battling qualities.

Connolly, a former Tipp senior panellist, who captained the intermediates to All-Ireland glory in 2012, is currently undergoing cancer treatment after having a brain tumour removed in October.

The plight of Connolly stirred the Tipp senior hurlers into action and they have organised a charity 6k for tomorrow in Thurles. Maher recalls: "I remember I was at the game, Loughmore and Borrisoleigh (county SHC semi-final).

"Eddie played that game, Loughmore won it. I was at a family thing that night. Word came through that Eddie got sick or got weak after the match.

"You hear things and after a while you hear that it could be serious enough. It does shock you when you know someone.

"Eddie was extremely fit, involved with us in 2011 and a fantastic club hurler and footballer for Loughmore. It does make you think about stuff. It's an awful pity for him, but no better man to fight it because he's a fighter. And I know from hearing things about him that he's tackling this thing the way he played."

Maher explained: "A few of the players were talking about how it would be great to do something before Christmas to help raise awareness and give Eddie a bit of support.

"We all have someone who had it or fought the disease."

All proceeds from the run will go towards two cancer related charities -- The Friends of St. Luke's Hospital in Rathgar, Dublin (www.friendsofstlukes.ie) and the Suirhaven Cancer Support Centre in Thurles, run by North Tipperary Hospice.

Entry fee is €10 for adults, €5 for children and €30 for families.

Irish Independent

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