Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Stars of sport, entertainment and politics will descend on Tuam Stadium this weekend for a charity event with a difference. And Mayo will be well represented among them.

Aptly named Have Boots Will Travel, the fundraising celebrity charity football match is being organised by Tuam Voluntary Force with the help of Ja Fallon, Leo Moran and a few other well-known faces. The event takes place from 12.30pm on Saturday, September 29, and all proceeds are in aid of The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation and Pieta House West.

From Mayo, Kevin O’Neill, Ciarán McDonald and the Mortimer brothers have confirmed their participation, while John O’Mahony will be taking on a managerial role on the day. Speaking to the Western People, ex Galway footballer Ja Fallon said he expects many more Mayo footballers to confirm this week. “The lads have had enough on their mind preparing for the All-Ireland Final so we left them to it the last few weeks. We’re hoping some of the team will come along” Ja explained.

Already assembled for the match are lots of well known stars from the past and present, including many of Galway’s All-Ireland winning team from 1998 and Inter County players from around the country, including Anthony Rainbow and Glen Ryan from Kildare. Others players engaged in the event are Peter Canavan, Darragh O’Sé, Seamus Moynihan, Padraic Joyce and many others from counties Sligo, Mayo, Kildare, Meath and Dublin.

On the sideline, the management teams will include RTÉ’s Michael Lyster, Tuam native Finian McGrath TD, Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan and Leo Moran.

A huge amount of work has gone into organising this fundraiser and an impressive promotional video featuring many of the players and famous supporters of this event has received great attention on facebook and YouTube.

A great day out with entertainment and music for the whole family, the gates will open at 12.30pm. An under-age game will get underway from 1pm, as well as a fun match with many local personalities. The main match begins at 3pm. Tickets are just €10 and under 14s are free.

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