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Brian Cody to manage Gaelic football team for cancer charity game in May

Cody will be in opposition to Mick O’Dwyer in a game in aid of the cancer units at St Luke’s and St James’s hospitals.

Brian Cody.
Brian Cody.

KILKENNY HURLING BOSS Brian Cody will manage a Gaelic football team in May for a charity game in aid of the cancer units at St Luke’s and St James’s hospitals.

The All-Ireland winning manager will don the bainisteoir bib for the St Luke’s team against the St James’s team that will be managed by the legendary Mick O’Dwyer.

The game is set to take place on May 5th this year at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise. The aim of the match is to raise funds for the cancer units but also to show that people can regain their health and fitness after cancer.

The match is the brainchild of Portlaoise native Richard Poole, who will captain the St Luke’s side. Wicklow footballer John McGrath from Baltinglass will lead out the St James’s side.

Both Richard and John are patients of St James’s and St Luke’s. McGrath has made a full recovery from leukaemia to line out for Wicklow once more.

The two teams will be competing for the Professor Hollywood Memorial Cup. Professor Donal Hollwood was one of the country’s leading oncologists and he lost his own short battle with cancer at the age of 53. His clinical practice was in St Luke’s and St James’s hospitals in Dublin.

Tickets for the mach are gone on sale and they are €5 for adults while U12′s will be admitted free. Tickets can be bought from www.charitygaamatch.com or from O’Moore Park directly.

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