Clarinbridge and dual Galway star, Alan Kerins is delighted that so many famous sports stars are supporting his latest initiative held under the Alan Kerins Projects (AKP) banner – a Gaelic Football clash which will will take place in Croke Park on Thursday the 27th October 2011 at 3.30pm. The match will see the old rivalry ignited between Dublin and Galway in what promises to be a fun filled occasion.
Some of Ireland’s greatest sporting heroes have signed up for the event and they include; Padraic Joyce, Bernard Dunne, Ray Houghton, Jason Sherlock, Darragh O Se, Pat Spillane, Mikey Sheehy, Seamus Moynihan, Hector, Gary Gillespie, Ken Doherty, Mick Galway and Tony Ward to name a few. Fresh from her five -in- a- row European boxing championships triumph in Rotterdam at the weekend, Katie Taylor also supports the event.
The event will afford the unique and special opportunity for people to play in Croke Park by donating or raising €2,500 for the charity. Many will view this as a once in a lifetime opportunity to grace the hallowed turf of Croke Park and play with their sporting icons. The target is to raise 100,000 euro for the Alan Kerins Projects.
Commenting at the recent launch Alan Kerins said that he was “delighted that the match was being played in such a wonderful stadium that is Croke Park”. Alan paid tribute to all at Headquarters who have made this possible in particular Christy Cooney – President of the GAA and Peter McKenna – Stadium Director. Kerins expressed his huge admiration for the ethos of the GAA and the association’s sense of strengthening and supporting communities, a philosophy he is trying to mirror in his work in Zambia.
The match will be preceded by a reception in the Players Bar following by a Gala Dinner in the Hogan Stand Suite. The Chairman of the committee, Michael Culhane, said that he was “delighted with the response to date” and particularly wished to thank the sponsors of the Galway Team – Corrib Oil and the Dublin Sponsor – Zurich Insurance Company for their generous sponsorship. Michael was particularly delighted that two top rated companies were linked to the event and that the Independent Newspapers were also on board as media sponsors.
It promises to be a marvellous day and an experience that won’t be repeated!. For more details on how to get involved please contact the Alan Kerins Projects office at 091 750057 or email : firstname.lastname@example.org
SportsNewsIreland readers will recall that Alan Kerins African Projects was the GAA’s chosen charity of the year in 2009/10 at which time the 34 yrs old Clarenbridge physiotherapist and GAA legend commented :
“This is one of the most rewarding recognitions I have ever received. To grow up with the GAA, having such respect and pride playing for my county in Croke Park, it is a wonderful accolade for the GAA president, Christy Cooney and his team to recognise the tireless work of the Alan Kerins African Projects. Supporting charities is more vital now than ever as there is less to go around. We need to identify and empathise with people by encouraging friendship partnerships.