Former Kilkenny great Eddie Keher
Two Kilkenny teams will be honoured at the annual GPA former players reunion lunch on September 16, the eve of the All-Ireland football final.
The GPA will recognise the achievements of 10 teams, hurling and football All-Ireland winners through the decades from 1967-2007.
This includes the Kilkenny teams of 1967 and 2007. The GPA have extended an invite to all players who were involved with either squad as they celebrate their on-field achievements for the Cats while honouring many of the game's greats.
The GPA hopes to raise awareness of the event amongst both squads to ensure that each player is honoured accordingly.
While they are honouring those 10 teams, they also invite all former inter-county footballers and hurlers to be present and enjoy the event.
There will be approximately 500 former players with some special guests in attendance at the event. As well as honouring some of the GAA's finest, the ambition is to grow this event, expand the ‘Alumni’ of former players and enhance the level of support the GPA can provide to former players, if and when needed.
All profits from the event will go directly to the GPA Former Players Benevolent Fund.
Each year, the GPA also recognise one former hurler and one former footballer for Lifetime Achievement awards for their outstanding contribution to both codes.
This year the hurling award recipient is Kilkenny’s Eddie Keher while Donegal's Brian McEniff takes the football award.
Speaking ahead of the event, GPA CEO Dermot Earley said the GPA Former Players Event is always a special date in the calendar and this year will be no different as they honour Eddie Keher and Brian McEniff with Lifetime Achievement awards for their brilliant careers.
"We also congratulate all 10 All-Ireland-winning teams and the GPA invites all players from those squads to celebrate your success on the pitch together as we recognise the immense contribution that all of our former players have made to our games. A lot may have changed, but your place still remains,” he added.
The annual GPA Former Players Reunion lunch will be in Croke Park, Hogan Suite, Floor 5 on Saturday September 16 (2.30pm). There is limited availability for the event.