Tuesday 24 October 2017

'It's a brilliant day for the kids' - All-Ireland winning Galway team pay a visit to Crumlin Children's Hospital

Galway Minor Darren Morrissey with Cian Byrne (4) from Finglas at Crumlin Childrens Hospital. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Galway Minor Darren Morrissey with Cian Byrne (4) from Finglas at Crumlin Childrens Hospital. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Galway hurlers Colm Callanan, Darren Morrissey (Minor) Joe Canning, Manager Micheal Donoghue, David Burke and Joe Cooney with 10 month old Conor Murray from Galway at Crumlin Childrens Hospital. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Galway hurlers David Burke and Joe Canning with Tom Breheny (9) from Chapelizod at Crumlin Childrens Hospital. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Galway Hurlers Johnny Coen, David Burke and Aidan Harrington with 10 month old Conor Murray from Galway at Crumlin Childrens Hospital. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Galway hurling manager Micheál Donoghue with James Dillon (4) from Galway at Crumlin Childrens Hospital. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Galway hurler Joe Canning at Crumlin Childrens Hospital. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Galway hurling manager Micheál Donoghue with James Dillon (4) from Galway at Crumlin Childrens Hospital. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Ryan O'Rourke

There were smiles and happy faces as the all-Ireland winning Galway hurling team paid a visit to Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin with the Liam MacCarthy trophy in tow.

Both the senior and minor teams were present, with the captain of the minors, Darren Morrissey taking the time to talk about the courage of the children in the hospital.

"It really puts things in perspective, we’re lucky to be able to get up in the morning and go hurling," Darren told Independent.ie.

"Seeing all these sick kids, it really puts things into perspective, it’s nice to be able to give something back," he said.

Galway hurlers Colm Callanan, Darren Morrissey (Minor) Joe Canning, Manager Micheal Donoghue, David Burke and Joe Cooney with 10 month old Conor Murray from Galway at Crumlin Childrens Hospital. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Galway hurlers Colm Callanan, Darren Morrissey (Minor) Joe Canning, Manager Micheal Donoghue, David Burke and Joe Cooney with 10 month old Conor Murray from Galway at Crumlin Childrens Hospital. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Darren took the time to take some photos with the children, including one young fan, four-year-old Cian Byrne.

Cian’s father Andy spoke about the team coming in.

Galway Hurlers Johnny Coen, David Burke and Aidan Harrington with 10 month old Conor Murray from Galway at Crumlin Childrens Hospital. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Galway Hurlers Johnny Coen, David Burke and Aidan Harrington with 10 month old Conor Murray from Galway at Crumlin Childrens Hospital. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

"He’s delighted to meet the team, he was watching the game on the TV in A&E yesterday.

"It’s great the teams came out to see the kids, brilliant day, and great for the kids," he said.

The whole team took time to meet the children and take some photos before heading back to Galway this afternoon.

Celebrations are expected to be emotional as the All-Ireland cup returns to Galway for the first time in 29 years.

Galway hurling manager Micheál Donoghue with James Dillon (4) from Galway at Crumlin Childrens Hospital. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Galway hurling manager Micheál Donoghue with James Dillon (4) from Galway at Crumlin Childrens Hospital. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Galway hurler Joe Canning at Crumlin Childrens Hospital. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Galway hurler Joe Canning at Crumlin Childrens Hospital. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

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