Cork GAA and Marymount Hospice are calling on Cork to go red on September 16 to mark the 30th anniversary of Cork winning the GAA double in 1990.
As well as driving awareness of the athletic achievement for the county, the initiative, a brainchild of current Cork GAA hurler Conor Cahalane whose father Niall was on the winning 1990 football team, aims to raise much needed charitable funds for Marymount Hospice.
Speaking at the launch which coincided with the hurling anniversary win on September 2, Conor Cahalane said he was motivated to both mark the significant anniversary and also support Marymount Hospice.
“We had supported Marymount earlier in the year through the hugely successful Cork Hurlers Solo run campaign so I knew that Marymount were really suffering due to Covid-19 cancellations so I wanted to do something more to help.
“I wanted to also help promote the significant achievement of the Cork GAA players of 1990 including my own father. Winning the double is something very special that doesn’t happen very often and we need to celebrate it as a county,” he said.
Cork County Board CEO, Kevin O’Donovan, said he was delighted to give a socially distanced welcome to the 1990 players from both teams to Pairc Ui Chaoimh to help launch the campaign.
He said that 1990 was “an iconic year for Cork GAA and still stands as an unmatched high-water mark in Gaelic Games nationally”.
75% of the proceeds of the campaign will go to Marymount Hospice, with 25% going to Cork GAA.
Due to Covid-19 Marymount has had to cancel all of its busy schedule of fundraising events for 2020, which marks its 150th year.
Head of Fundraising and Communications Paula McGovern said that Marymount is “delighted” to be part of the “significant achievement for Cork GAA”.
“The 30th anniversary of winning the double is something that needs to be celebrated and we hope we will bring some lightness to what has been and continues to be a tough year for many.
“While we cannot run any of our standard events this year this is a great way for people to bring some colour into their day, mark their county’s achievements and donate to Marymount all the while. We would like to call on schools, businesses and individuals to get on board remotely. And don’t forget to share your Go Red images on the day using #goredforcork,” she said.
To get involved the people of Cork are asked to Go Red on September 16 through wearing your jersey, red clothing or accessories or red up your remote office, home or car and donating to the campaign through the online campaign link at www.idonate.ie/goredforCork.