The successful 1994 Leitrim team will take on an All-Ireland selection this Saturday (October 9th) in a novel football game to raise vital funds for former county player, Seamus Dillon.
As one of Leitrims most successful teams in recent times, the players will line out as close as possible to the day that they played Dublin in the semi-final of the All-Ireland at Croke Park in 1994. Keith Barr and Emaon Heery are just some of the Dublin players who will take on the Leitrim side. Declan Meehan from Galway and Paul Taylor from Sligo will also partake.
The game takes place in Pairc Sean MacDiarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon at 3pm this Saturday. Anyone wishing to attend can pay at the turnstiles. A social event will take place afterwards in the Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon that will be attended by a host of GAA stars from around the country. The event takes place at 8.30pm and wishing to attend can pay at the door. It is 16 years since Leitrim played Dublin in that semi-final and its still talked about in the county. We want to recreate that occasion and atmosphere in what will be a novel and entertaining football match. This will be a great event, both for the people of Leitrim and GAA fans all around the country, said event organiser and Leitrim county star, Colin Regan.
All monies from the event will go towards purchasing rehabilitation and IT equipment for former county player Seamus Dillon. The 32-year old was involved in a serious car accident on his way to work last August. He injured his spine between the C3 and C4 Vertebrae, which has left him paralysed from the neck down. He spent a number of months in the National Rehabilitation Centre and now resides in specially equipped house in Manorhamilton.
Seamus played for the Leitrim senior team in the 1998/1999 season and made his senior championship debut against Roscommon in 1999. He made his league debut against Dublin in 1999. He has been a lifelong member of the Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher club and in recent years, at a time when he was injured, managed underage teams. Seamus dedicated a lot of his time and effort into representing his club, county and entire GAA association. Now is the time for the GAA community to support him, adds Colin.
If anyone would like to make a donation to The Seamus Dillon Trust, you can do so at Bank of Ireland, Manorhamilton, sort code 905408 and account number 48432830.
06-Oct-10 by Colette Fox – PRO