Tuesday 12 December 2017

Spillane a true blue ... for a day anyway

legend Pat Spillane lines out for
the Dubs
Kerry legend Pat Spillane lines out for the Dubs

Fiona Ellis

IT'S not something you see every day: Kerry football legend Pat Spillane changing his allegiance and donning a Dublin jersey to play a match at Croke Park.

But never fear, yesterday's change of heart was only temporary and was in aid of charity.

The Kerry star was taking part in a match at GAA headquarters to raise funds for the Alan Kerins Projects, a charity that supports young people from vulnerable communities in Zambia through education, sport, recreation and creativity.

Many other sports starts and celebrities were out in force for the match, which saw the old rivalry re- ignited between Dublin and Galway.

In the end, Galway beat Dublin by four points but it was hardly a competitive match as at the final whistle, there had been more than 40 players on the pitch.

The Galway team, managed by John O'Mahony, included Hector O hEochagain, Des Bishop, Darragh O Se and Mick Galwey among others and the Dublin team, managed by Pat Gilroy, included the Brogan brothers, Bernard Dunne, Ray Houghton, Brent Pope, Ken Doherty, Tony Ward and Jason Sherlock.

As well as sporting stars and celebs the event also allowed members of the public who raised €2,500 to play on the hallowed Croke Park pitch.

Around 50 people raised enough money and got to participate in the match alongside their sporting icons.

The charity is now well on its way to rising in excess of the €100,000 target.

Irish Independent

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