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Gaelic football veterans to reel in the years for Tommy Griffin's over-35s tournament

Dingle and Lispole will host some of the game’s favourites this weekend with all proceeds going to a worthy cause.

Tommy Griffin. File photo.
Tommy Griffin. File photo.
Image: INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

SOME OF GAELIC football’s biggest names will go west this weekend for a charity tournament in Dingle.

The likes of Galway great Pádraic Joyce and Kildare’s Anthony Rainbow will join Kingdom legends like Dara Ó Cinneide and Darragh Ó Sé for a national over-35s charity invitational event.

The proceeds for the tournament — which takes place in Dingle and Lispole this coming Saturday — will go to the Tit Bonhomme Tragedy fund. which occurred in Union Hall, Cork, earlier this year.

“Dingle is a coastal town and a fishing port, and feel a lot of empathy towards the people of Union Hall,” said the five-time All-Ireland winner.

“There are a lot people in the bar, who knew the Hayes family, with O’Connor’s and Mike O’Sullivan being involved in the search at the time so it is a cause very close to our hearts in Dingle.

“We were always talking about putting on an Over 35’s event, possibly a seven-a-side but nothing ever came of it because of trying to get a time to run it. Guys when they reach 35 in the GAA seem to be forgotten while other sports have regular’s over-35 competitions; it’s an area where we in the GAA have fallen down.

“So we decided to have a go and it is for such a good cause, that I am hoping for a big crowd in Dingle and Lispole on Saturday – we have some greats of the game playing.

“Entry to games is free, but we are opening everyone will give a donation. The players are paying €10 to play so we are hoping to raise decent contribution, towards the fund.”

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