Thursday 22 March 2018

Rainbow tribute draws stars

PETER CANAVAN, Darragh O Se, Paul McGrane, Steven McDonnell, Graham Geraghty, Dessie Farrell, Jarlath Fallon, Seamus Moynihan and Eamonn O'Hara are among the star names who have pledged to appear for a "Rest of Ireland" selection against Kildare in Anthony Rainbow's 'testimonial' in Newbridge on Saturday, writes Colm Keys.

Kildare stalwarts of the 1990s Glenn Ryan and Niall Buckley are also committed to turning out. The event will raise funds for St John of God intellectual disability services in Celbridge, St Brigid's Hospice on the Curragh and the Kildare players' training fund, which has proved successful in raising finance over the past two years.

The current Kildare players and management are off to Boston the following week for a squad break, having previously taken trips to San Francisco and New York.

Rainbow announced his retirement from inter-county football after the All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Down in August. His career was remarkable for its longevity. At the time of his retirement he was the longest serving player on the inter-county scene, having given 20 years of service to Kildare.

He made his league debut in 1990 and his championship debut two years later and was just short of his 39th birthday when he confirmed his retirement. His status in the game is reflected in the presence of such stellar names for Saturday's match (2.0).

Tickets are priced at €20 and can be obtained from any player, member of management, county board official or club in the county.

Irish Independent

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