All Star Challenge – Ken McGrath Rehabilitation Fund

Press Release on behalf of Ken McGrath Rehabilitation Fund

After consultation with the McGrath Family, a committee has been formed to set up and administer “The Ken McGrath Rehabilitation Fund”. Ken, a former All-Star and Waterford hurling Great is recovering from a serious heart operation which will involve a lengthy rehabilitation process with considerable financial implications.

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With that in mind, the committee, in conjunction with the GPA Past Players Advisory Board, Mount Sion, Club Déise, County Board and Former County Players, have decided to hold a benefit match on Ken’s behalf in Walsh Park on Friday 27th June at 7:30pm.

The Match will feature a Leinster selection versus a Munster selection with a strong Waterford involvement. The Munster Team will be managed by the one and only Davy Fitzgerald, with the Leinster Team managed by the legendary Brian Coady. I know I speak for the committee in expressing our gratitude to Brian and Davy for making themselves available in the middle of such a busy schedule. Both Davy and Brian expressed a desire to help Ken in whatever way possible and we knew, we were pushing an open door, such was their enthusiasm and generosity.

The match will be advertised as the “Ken McGrath All Star Challenge” with both side featuring former All Stars & Legends of the game, all eager to play such is the esteem in which Ken is held. There will also be some cameo appearances by mystery guests on the night! Match tickets will cost €10 at outlets to be announced. Donations can also be made to any Permanent TSB, account number: 23053903, sort code 99 06 32.

After the match there will be an All Ireland Championship Preview night in Mount Sion GAA Club featuring interviews and questions and answer sessions with stars and celebrities concerning championship and other GAA matters. Our host will be our own Kieran O’Connor on what promises to be a fun night out!

In relation to our fundraising activities, it is Ken’s express wish that a significant contribution be made to the Irish Heart Foundation.
We’re also asking all clubs to support us by acting as distribution points for the sale of match tickets. If your club wishes to be involved, you can contact us requesting the number of tickets you require to be allocated to you.

In conclusion we’re asking all hurling fans to come to Walsh Park and support a true sporting hero who has given Waterford and the hurling world in general such wonderful entertainment and pleasure over the last decade and a half. Ken gave everything for the cause and left nothing behind. Let’s all give a little back!

Thank you for your support
Tom Shanahan

Further information
Kieran O’Connor (PRO)