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Shels boss and former Ireland rugby player to team up for charity match at Swords Celtic

The game on 30 September will raise funds for the Neurofibromatosis Association of Ireland.

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Updated Sep 8th 2017, 9:31 PM

SWORDS CELTIC WILL host a charity football match in aid of the Neurofibromatosis Association of Ireland at 7pm on 30 September.

One team, which will include League of Ireland legend and current Shelbourne manager Owen Heary as well as former Ireland and Leinster rugby player Fergal Campion, will face an XI of doctors in order to raise funds for the organisation, which aids those afflicted by the condition.

Match organiser Phil Mooney’s four-year-old daughter, Ella, has neurofibromatosis, a condition which causes tumours – often benign -
to form on nerve endings in any area of the body.

There are two predominant strands of neurofibromatosis, or NF for short: NF1 and NF2. One in every 2,500 people suffers from the former, while NF2 is far rarer, occurring in one in every 40,000. The condition can vary wildly, and while many can live a perfectly normal life in spite of the NF, the second strand in particular can lead to problems with vision and hearing.

Owen Heary Shelbourne manager Owen Heary will line out alongside Fergal Campion and others on 30 September.

Formed in 1985, the Neurofibromatosis Association of Ireland provides a comprehensive range of services including a 24-hour helpline, literature on the condition, genetic counselling service and information. Its primary aim is to inform sufferers and their families of the disorder.

All funds raised at Swords Celtic on 30 September will go toward the association, which aims to continue in its role as a helping hand to the wide-ranging community affected by NF.

If you would like to donate to the match directly you can visit Phil Mooney’s Just Giving page, while members of the organisation will be also be attending the game and accepting any donations.

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For more information you can contact Kevin Kelly, the NF Association’s Communications and Fundraising Coordinator at kevinkelly@nfaireland.ie or (085) 702 0024. You can also call match organiser Phil Mooney at (087) 067 8652.

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