The first St.James’s versus St. Luke’s Charity GAA football match will take place at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise on Bank Holiday Monday, May 5th. The brainchild of St. James’s patient, Richard Poole from Portlaoise, former cancer patients will compete for the Professor Hollywood Memorial Cup at what will be a star-studded event.
The organisers have confirmed that Brian Cody, the All-Ireland winning Kilkenny hurling manager, will don the manager bib for the St. Luke’s team while the St. James’s team will be managed by the legendary Mick O’Dwyer, and much-loved radio journalist Micheál O’Muircheartaigh will commentate on the day. Richard will captain the St. Luke’s team and Wicklow county footballer, John McGrath from Baltinglass – also a former St. James’s patient, will lead out the St. James’s team. The proceeds of the event will benefit St. James’s and St. Luke’s Hospitals.
To be a part of this, please contact the organisers via their website or on Facebook;
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Both Richard and John are patients of St. James’s and both have form in fundraising and football. Richard and his family are longstanding fundraisers and friends of St. James’s; on new year’s day in 2013 Richard arranged a local Charity GAA match to benefit St. James’s and on hearing about Prof Hollywood’s untimely death in the spring, he was inspired to do something extraordinary to remember the doctor who he said meant so much to so many cancer patients. Speaking at the launch of the match in O’Moore park, Richard said: “Prof Hollywood was a hero to his patients and I will always remember how he encouraged me; this event is to show thanks to him for all he did for his patients and to remember him by making a contribution to the two great hospitals where he worked.” John McGrath plays county football for Wicklow and he and his fellow team-mates arranged a most successful ‘Fully Monty’ fundraiser for St. James’s Hospital in 2012; please see an interview with John in The Irish Independent.
Anyone who would like to enquire about playing in the match or about helping in any way, should contact the organisers via Facebook, via their website or via St. James’s Hospital Foundation.
Richard Poole and John McGrath in their respective team jersey for the Charity GAA match