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Bernard Brogan and Dublin GAA stars sizzle in Nando's raising funds for Aware.

Bernard Brogan and Dublin GAA stars sizzle in Nando's raising funds for Aware.

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Bernard Brogan and Dublin GAA stars sizzle in Nando's raising funds for Aware.

Dublin's top GAA stars ditched their sports gear for waiters' uniforms when they took over a chicken restaurant in Blanchardstown.

Bernard and Alan Brogan, Paul Flynn, Michael Darragh MacAuley and Eoghan O'Gara turned up the heat as they worked a full shift at Nando's to raise funds for the Aware charity.

"It's great to do something different and fun, especially when it's all to raise money for such an important charity," Bernard told the Herald.

Aware is a voluntary organisation that helps those directly affected by depression. It's very close to Bernard (30) as he sits on the board.

Prizes

The players worked tirelessly while posing for photos with fans, signing autographs and selling raffle tickets for some great prizes including signed Dublin jerseys.

Michael Darragh had a cast on his hand but still managed to work the tills for the evening.

And the restaurant manager Beverly Swift was impressed with their skills.

"It was great to see the guys get stuck in and be part of the team," she said.

"Eoghan O'Gara definitely has some great skills on the grills, and if he ever fancies working another shift we'd be delighted to welcome him back."

Bernard is well-known for giving back to the local community, and he was recently named as an athlete mentor in the Sky Living for Sports scheme for 2015.

Not only will he be encouraging children to get active, he'll be treating one lucky school to a GAA masterclass in January.

"I think it's important for kids, especially in this day when it's so easy for them to not get up and not get active and not play sports," he said.

"I think an initiative like this where you have sports stars, people like Katie Taylor and Mark Rohan, who when they go into a school kids will listen up, they take notice and they'll buy into what they say."

Bernard had a very active childhood and he wants to share that message with the younger generation.

"I was very lucky in my upbringing in that I was sports-mad. If I wasn't playing gaelic I was playing soccer or I was swimming, I was doing something," he added.

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Herald


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