The Best of the Best in aid of Meningitis Now

24th November 2015

A fundraising reunion match between the 2006 All Ireland finalist team and the 2010 All Ireland Champions team raised a fabulous £762.63 towards our work

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The event, at St Gall’s Gaelic Athletic Club in Belfast, was organised to decide who really is the best of the best. 

Organiser Sean Kelly explains what went on:

"What set out as a simple reunion match ended up becoming a charity fundraising day for a cause that is close to all our thoughts, after the sad passing away of Aaron Devlin from Ballinderry."

"The brainchild of St Galls player Simon Kennedy, a reunion match between St Galls' two All Football panels from 2006 and 2010 was organised to see who really was 'The Best!'"

"On the 24th of October the challenge became a reality, with the two squads coming together for the combined goal of raising as much money as possible for Meningitis Now."

"The day went fantastically well, with a competitive match (expertly refereed by Piaras McCaffrey) followed by some craic and reminiscing of times gone by in the club afterwards."

"The day would not have been possible without the work and effort of a number of people from within the club and their hard work was much appreciated."

"I’d particularly like to mention the St Galls bar staff, Margret McKenna for the food, Oliver McGuckian, giving up his time to collect donations at the gate, the players for putting on an excellent show and to Paul Flannagan, Sinead Mullan, Wee Sean Kelly and Aodh Mullan for helping to do the club up to publicise the charity."

"A big thanks also to Mark McAreavey and Eamonn Cooke for capturing the best bits of the day on video."

"I would also like to thank O'Neills for donating two tops for part of the ballot (and thank again the two best ballot sellers ever, Wee Sean Kelly and Aodh Mullan), and those who donated the other prizes, including Ulster rugby tickets and a bottle of champagne with chocolates. Apologies to anyone I have forgotten but everyone's contribution was vital."

"Finally a massive thanks to the people of St Galls, who dug deep into their pockets to contribute massively to the day to raise a fantastic amount of money for an extremely worthwhile cause!"

See the match highlights here