Saturday 18 November 2017

GAA stars of past gather for a worthy cause

Kevin Heffernan as Dublin Manager and Tony Hanahoe during the Dublin v Kerry 1979 All- Ireland final at Croke Park.
Kevin Heffernan as Dublin Manager and Tony Hanahoe during the Dublin v Kerry 1979 All- Ireland final at Croke Park.

Former county footballers and hurlers from all over the country will gather in the Burlington Hotel for a networking event on the eve of the All-Ireland football final as the GPA's Past Players Group reaches out to the stars of yesteryear.

The GPA established its Past Players Advisory Group under the chairmanship of Dublin legend Tony Hanahoe and the lunch in the Burlington Hotel on Saturday, September 21 is an attempt to grow the network of former county players.

Speaking about the event, Hanahoe commented: "The group was established with the aim of developing a network of former players under the umbrella of the GPA, which supports past players through its programmes.

"A strong network can provide support to former players who may be in difficulty for whatever reasons. While ultimately this will include fundraising for a past players benevolent fund, we hope that within that network, players would also be prepared to offer their professional services to those in need."

Former stars such as Pat Gilroy and Jason Sherlock of Dublin, Peter Rooney from Down, Offaly's Michael Duignan, Kerry's Darragh Ó Sé and Mick Galwey, Tyrone's Kevin McCabe and Meath's Colm O'Rourke will be in attendance.

The Past Players Group includes Kerry legend Sean Walsh, Mayo's Kevin O'Neill, former Clare hurler Colm Honan, Offaly star Seamus Darby, Meath ace Bernard Flynn, Vinnie Glennon of Roscommon and Down dual player Greg Blaney. Saturday week's lunch in the Burlington begins at 12.0 and former county players wishing to attend should contact Sean Potts in the GPA at press@gaelicplayers.com (01 857 5686 or Bernard Flynn at berniegflynn @gmail.com (086 237 6980).

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