GAA legends head for Knockmore
JUST as well Joe Brolly is now Mayo’s biggest fan, because he’s heading for this neck of the woods!
The Derryman is one of many GAA legends who will roll back the years in Knockmore on Saturday week, August 31 in a game being held to raise money for CF West’s Mayo Cystic Fibrosis Building Fund.
A selection of players from the Mayo senior panel of 1988/89 will take on a Rest of Ireland team comprised of former inter-county players. Brolly, Dessie Farrell, Bernard Flynn and Martin McHugh will be among the visitors, but there’s no shortage of local heroes either.
Those who have confirmed their attendance include many members of the 1988/89 team, plus a few of more recent vintage. Among those to have signed up are Jimmy Browne, John Finn, Eddie Gibbons, Tom Reilly, Tomás O’Grady, Conor Dever, Brendan Campbell, Mícheál Collins, Brian Kilkelly, Dermot Flanagan, Peter Ford, Pat Holmes, Noel Durkin, Kevin Beirne, Michael John Mullin, Denis Kearney, Mark Butler, Jimmy Burke, Frank Noone, Liam Mac Hale, John Maughan, Kevin McStay, Gabriel Irwin, Anthony Egan, Anthony McGarry, Martin Carney, Colm McManamon, Willie Joe Padden, John Casey, Ciaran McDonnell, Gabriel Irwin, Anthony Finnerty, Tom Tierney, Maurice Sheridan, David Heaney, Billie Joe Padden and Jarlath Jennings.
They’ll be facing off against a crew that, in addition to the aforementioned quartet, include Tommy Dowd, Anthony Molloy, John Joe Doherty, Paul Taylor, Seamus Hayden, Eamon McManus, Kevin Walsh, Eugene McHale, Seán Lowry, Kieran McGeeney, Glen Ryan, Anthony Rainbow, Enda McNulty, Justin McNulty, Senan Connell and Gay Sheerin.
John O’Mahony has agreed to take charge of the Mayo selection. The game throws in at 7pm, and admission is €5 (or whatever patrons may wish to donate on the night).
Former Knockmore star Frank Mulvihill and his fellow organisers hope to rope in a few more legends before game time.