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Edendork Preparing For Huge Night Of Entertainment

Wednesday 19.06.2013
Team Talk Mag

International stars from the world of soccer, rugby, boxing and gaelic games have united to give their backing to Joe Brolly’s Opt For Life campaign.

And they are to join forces with Brolly at a special gathering to promote the organ donation drive in Tyrone next week.

Among them is former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland star Ronnie Whelan, who will be part of a star-studded line-up of sporting personalities taking part in A Question of Sport and a chat show in Edendork on Friday June 28.

Whelan paid tribute to the courage of former Derry star Brolly, who last year donated a kidney to a friend in need of a transplant.

“To donate a kidney to a friend, is a very brave and a wonderful thing for a human being to do.

“We hear of people donating organs to family members, but to do it for another person is very brave thing to do,” said Whelan.

“The campaign is s a tremendous challenge for Joe to take on, and I am only too delighted to support it.

Whelan, who was capped 53 times by the Republic of Ireland and shared in Liverpool’s glory years during his 15 seasons at the club between 1979 and ’94, said he is fully behind former Derry star Brolly’s efforts to have the law changed in relation to organ donation.

“I carry an organ donation card myself, and have been for a long time. If somebody else could benefit from it, then it’s the right thing to do.

“Organ donation will help an awful lot of people live better lives, and it will also save a lot of lives as well.”

Whelan will be joined by legendary Kerry midfielder Darragh O Se, ex-Commonwealth boxing champion Martin Rogan, former Ireland rugby captain Willie Anderson,  Warterford’s All-Star hurler John Mullane  and Tyrone’s free-scoring goalkeeper Niall Morgan in the event being organised by Edendork St Malachy’s GAC.

Brolly will captain one of the teams, the other led by Tyrone legend Peter Canavan.

A chat show will form the second part of a packed programme, with an additional selection of well known GAA personalities to debate the burning issues of the day.

Among these are Crossmaglen and Armagh star Oisin McConville, Donegal All-Ireland winner Martin McHugh, former top referee Brian Crowe, Tyrone treble All-Ireland winner Ryan McMenamin, ex-Cork star and TV pundit Tony Davis,  former Armagh player and manager Brian Canavan, and more.

“I’m looking forward to the evening, it should be a real good laugh, and the stories the lads will tell are bound to be very interesting,” said the Anfield favourite.

“To get people from the boxing fraternity together with the GAA and rugby people will be interesting, and I’m looking forward to it.”

Hosting both sections of the programme will be former All-Star and Armagh player Jimmy Smyth, also a noted GAA match commentator.

Tickets  are available from Joe on 07841927437 or Mark on 07522905985



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