Former Westmeath footballer Rory O’Connell is auctioning off his All-Star jersey, signed by the 2001 and 2001 All-Star panels, as well as taking part in a sponsored 500km cycle in aid of the South Westmeath Hospice.
O’Connell’s mother Kay died of a brain tumour earlier this year, and his brother David, speaking from the van following the group as they approached Middleton on the second day of the cycle said, Kay “spent the last seven weeks of her life in the hospice, and the care was incredible, so we thought we’d give something back.”
O’Connell is joined by former Athlone GAA team mate Richie Daly who is cycling for the Mayo/Roscommon Hospice, where his brother-in-law Davy died of a brain tumour.
The group are also cycling for the Brain Tumour Support Group, which David said, “is great for the people around the patients.”
“They’re all private organisations so they need all the help they can get.”
The team set off from Athlone GAA club on Tuesday and cycled the 120km to Limerick and are en route to Middleton now, with everyone in “great form” according to David.
Rory O’Connell was the first Westmeath football to be awarded an All-Star and won the county’s only Leinster championship in 2004.
To enter the auction Rory’s All-Star jersey signed by the likes of Colm Cooper, Stephen Cluxton, Padraig Joyce, Michael Donnellan and the rest of the 2001 and 2002 All-Star teams, you can go here.
A special bank account has been opened in the Permanent TSB in Athlone for donations online or in another branch.
Account name: Davy & Kay Memorial Fund
Account number: 20925727
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