Monday 19 February 2018

Heroes share cup magic with youngsters

Mark Hilliard

THE victorious All-Ireland Cork ladies GAA team poured into Temple Street Children's Hospital in Dublin yesterday holding the Brendan Martin Cup aloft.

But there was a sense that the real winners were the children anxiously awaiting their arrival.

Not least eight-month-old neurology patient and Cork native Mark Sheehan, kitted out in his red pyjamas.

And Eoin Ward (8), soon to be discharged, clearly registered his approval as captain Amy O'Shea and her team of heroes shared their stories yesterday afternoon.

"He is doing really well as someone who came into the intensive care unit and his dad Declan was saying to me this evening that he loved the team coming into him; he was all smiles," said hospital spokeswoman Mo Durkan.

It's something of a tradition at this stage -- our sporting heroes touring the children's wards in the wake of famous victories.

"It's amazing, particularly for our long-term kids, who can really do with a visit," said Ms Durkan.

Meanwhile, Dublin captain Bryan Cullen continued to meet and greet his younger fans when he visited St Michael's House Special National School in Skerries, Co Dublin.

Irish Independent

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