Huge crowd expected at Cork-Kilkenny fundraising game for Kieran O’Connor

Huge crowd expected at Cork-Kilkenny fundraising game for Kieran O’Connor
Kieran O'Connor, his wife Sinead and children leading the large crowd at the Friends of Kieran fundraising 5k. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

A BUMPER crowd is expected at the Cork-Kilkenny hurling fundraiser at Páirc Uí Rinn tonight at 7.30pm.

The great rivals meet as part of their championship preparations with proceeds in aid of the Friends of Kieran O’Connor fundraising drive.

The 2010 All-Ireland football winner was recently diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

The Rebels have named a strong team for the clash with their old foe, including Anthony Nash, Patrick Horgan, Seamus Harnedy, Daniel Kearney, Bill Cooper, Conor Lehane and Damien Cahalane. 

Darragh Fitzgibbon had also been pencilled in, but will now be tied up with UCC, who play CIT beforehand. Declan Dalton and Billy Hennessy are among the subs.

There has been a huge outpouring of support for the Aghada man, with over €300,000 raised already.

Former Cork colleagues, captain Graham Canty and goalkeeper Alan Quirke, travelled to Armagh for the last league game of the season at the weekend.

The Ulster county generously donated all gate receipts from an attendance of around 3,500 as well as proceeds from the half-time draw.

Former Cork players Eoin Cotter and Fiachra Lynch at the Friends of Kieran Walk. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Former Cork players Eoin Cotter and Fiachra Lynch at the Friends of Kieran Walk. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Tonight’s game is preceded by the county senior hurling championship tie between UCC and CIT at 5.30pm with a lot of talented players on both sides.

Tickets cost €10 for adults and €5 for U16s and will be available on the night, as well as online at corkgaa.tickets.ie and participating Centra/SuperValu shops.

County board chairperson Tracey Kennedy is encouraging people to support the fund-raising effort in what should be ideal conditions.

“Kieran was a tower of strength on the field for many years and I know he is dealing with his illness with the same fortitude and determination.

“It can’t be an easy time for his family, but Kieran is lucky to have the love and support of Sinéad, the children and his extended family, too,” she said.

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