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Wednesday 21 February 2018

St Mogues team share their Leinster championship win with Rory Whelan

Eddie Power and members of the St Mogues team Facetiming Rory Whelan after their win
Eddie Power and members of the St Mogues team Facetiming Rory Whelan after their win
Rory Whelan

Esther Hayden

A picture published on the front page of the sports section in the New Ross Standard last week showing St Mogues celebrating their victory has a very poignant story behind it.

St Mogues junior hurling team had just won the Leinster championship and a photo by photographer Liam Ryan captured the team taking what appeared to be a selfie during the celebrations.

However it has since emerged that the team were in fact Facetiming one of their most ardent supporters, Rory Whelan, who is currently in Temple Street Children's Hospital having been diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome.

GBS is a disorder in which the body's immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system.

Jim Byrne of St Mogues said not only is Rory a dedicated fan but he is also a talented player.

'After we won the team were celebrating with supporters on the pitch and Rory's cousin Zoe Bates was Facetiming Rory to show him the celebrations. Rory used to help out on the Power farm and the guy holding the phone in the picture is Eddie Power.

'Rory is a massive St Mogues fan and plays on the Under 14 team. This year that time had a great year wining the Feile double in hurling and football. Rory plays in goal and particularly loves the hurling.

'He started playing with us when he was 11 following a serious accident from which he recovered and he worked really hard. He had only just made the county Under 14 team when he was diagnosed.

'It was a real fairytale story to make the county team because when he started playing you couldn't have seen it.

'He's a great kid and so upbeat. The whole community have really rallied around him.'

Jim said that Rory's family were very touched by the gesture from the team.

St Mogues will play in the All Ireland Quarter Final in London on Saturday.

New Ross Standard

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