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Referee's Annual Charity Match

posted Nov 24, 2011, 3:58 AM by Saval Gac   [ updated Nov 24, 2011, 4:00 AM ]

Coiste Chontae an Dúin

  Down GAA County Office – The Grove, 46 – 48 Main Street, Castlewellan, Co. Down. BT31 9DG
Tel: 028 4377 0880
A Chairde                                                                                                            27th October 2011


Re:  Referees’ Annual Charity Match


In recent years the Down Referees have organised a football game at the end of the season with the proceeds raised being donated to a worthy cause.


It is fitting this year that Gabriel Tumelty has been asked to nominate a specific charity. Appropriately Gabriel has chosen to support the charity named CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) set up by the parents of Oisin McGuinness, the 16 year old boy from Newry Shamrocks GAC who died from cardiac complications in March 2009 whilst playing football. The charity is involved in the provision of defibrillators and preventative cardiac screening. It was one of these defibrillator, one of many donated free of charge to clubs by Oisin’s grieving parents, that was used to save Gabriel’s life.


All active referees participate in the charity game and it is always an enjoyable spectacle especially when  on this occasion the ‘official’ referee is the talented Down Senior Footballer Benny Coulter - so we certainly have a lot to look forward to!!


Match details are as follows:-  Venue: Owen Roe Park, Kilcoo

                                        Date:   Saturday 26th November 2011
                                        Time:  7.00 pm throw in
                                        Cost:    Donation at gate

Participating Referees have agreed to donate £30 (one match expense). Each club is invited to match the donations given by their club referees. Cheques should be made payable to Down County Board and should be accompanied by an explanatory note indicating that this is a donation to the Referees’ Charitable Fundraiser. 


Should you require further information on this event please contact Gerard Brannigan

Tel: 028 4377 0732 or Mobile: 07591969317 or Michael O’Rourke Tel:  028 4176 5976 or

Mobile: 078 4637 7682

Trusting you will give consideration to this request and agree to contribute to this deserving charity.

Is mise

Down GAA Referees