Tipp stars show true colours to support Connolly in charity run
HAVING hurled with and against him, Padraic Maher is well aware of Eddie Connolly's battling qualities.
Connolly, a former Tipp senior panellist, who captained the intermediates to All-Ireland glory in 2012, is currently undergoing cancer treatment after having a brain tumour removed in October.
The plight of Connolly stirred the Tipp senior hurlers into action and they have organised a charity 6k for tomorrow in Thurles. Maher recalls: "I remember I was at the game, Loughmore and Borrisoleigh (county SHC semi-final).
"Eddie played that game, Loughmore won it. I was at a family thing that night. Word came through that Eddie got sick or got weak after the match.
"You hear things and after a while you hear that it could be serious enough. It does shock you when you know someone.
"Eddie was extremely fit, involved with us in 2011 and a fantastic club hurler and footballer for Loughmore. It does make you think about stuff. It's an awful pity for him, but no better man to fight it because he's a fighter. And I know from hearing things about him that he's tackling this thing the way he played."
Maher explained: "A few of the players were talking about how it would be great to do something before Christmas to help raise awareness and give Eddie a bit of support.
"We all have someone who had it or fought the disease."
All proceeds from the run will go towards two cancer related charities -- The Friends of St. Luke's Hospital in Rathgar, Dublin (www.friendsofstlukes.ie) and the Suirhaven Cancer Support Centre in Thurles, run by North Tipperary Hospice.
Entry fee is €10 for adults, €5 for children and €30 for families.