Arguably the greatest hurling managers in the history of the GAA, Brian Cody, will put his hurley aside for one day when he will manage a football team taking part in the Professor Hollywood memorial cup.
The match is in aid of the cancer units at St Luke’s and St James’s hospitals. It will be played on May 5 in O’Moore Park, Laois.
The teams will be made up of people who have received treatment for cancer, and it aims to not only raise funds, but to also demonstrate that there can be life after cancer.
Cody will be managing the St Luke’s team and another GAA legend, Mick O’Dwyer will be managing the St James’s team.
Although O’Dwyer has recently announced his retirement from management, he has one more game to play in O’Moore Park before he hangs up his boots.
Brian Cody said he was delighted to be involved in such a worthy cause and to raise money for the cancer units in St Luke’s and St James’s hospitals.
“It is great to be part of something that shows people that they can get their lives and fitness back on track after beating cancer,” he added.
Captain of the team managed by Brian Cody, Richard Poole said that getting managers on board of Brian Cody’s and Mick O’Dwyer’s calibre was an amazing achievement and they were delighted that they have agreed to take part in this match.
The match will also be attended by GAA President Liam O’Neill and will be commentated by Micheal O’Muircheartaigh.
Tickets for the match have gone on sale. They cost €5 for adults and under 12s’ are free. Tickets can be bought from www.charitygaamatch.com or from O’Moore Park directly.
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The match trophy will be dedicated to Professor Donal Hollywood. Professor Hollywood was one of the country’s leading oncologists. He lost his own short battle with cancer at the age of 53.
His clinical practice was in St Luke’s and St James’s hospitals, Dublin. Professor Hollywood worked tirelessly throughout his career to save so many lives and his death has impacted on so many people.
Brian Cody the football team manager ( pictured right).