Saturday 18 November 2017

Galway hurlers to play charity match in Athenry on Thursday to raise funds for the Keady family

Margaret Keady with the Liam MacCarthy Cup and Galway captain, David Burke , left, and Joe Canning after the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Galway and Waterford at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Margaret Keady with the Liam MacCarthy Cup and Galway captain, David Burke , left, and Joe Canning after the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Galway and Waterford at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

All-Ireland champions Galway will return to the playing field on Thursday to play a charity match for the Tony Keady Family Fund.

Four days after they ended a 29-year wait for a Liam MacCarthy win in the county, Micheál Donoghue's side will line out for the clash, which has been provisionally fixed for Kenny Park in Athenry.

The game is expected to bring thousands of the county's hurling fans together for another celebration.

Keady died suddenly almost five weeks ago, but his wife Margaret and children were in Croke Park yesterday to celebrate with the Galway players and management as David Burke claimed the cup on behalf of the county.

Manager Micheál Donoghue announced the fixture at Monday night's banquet in the City West Hotel.

"The support we have had this year has been absolutely magnificent, so we hope that every man woman and child can get to the venue to support a great cause," said Donoghue.

"Everyone knows about the fund that has been opened for the Keady family. I'd ask that all of Galway supporters could support this in whatever manner."

Keady's daughter Shannon said that Galway's All-Ireland final win over Waterford on Sunday was 'lonely' without her father Tony, but that the Killimordaly hurler would have been proud of the Tribesmen's efforts.

A tribute video to the 53-year-old was shown at half-time of Sunday's final at Croke Park with his eldest Shannon revealing that it was tough going back to Galway after the game without her father.

"Seeing the video of him in Croke Park at half-time, and just hanging around the players and the hotel, it is lonely without him," Keady told The Ray D'Arcy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 on Tuesday.

"Coming home then yesterday after a long weekend, it's tough."

To donate to Keady fund you can do so here.

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