Leinster GAA brings Barretstown magic to the Leinster finals

Granddaughter of Jack Boothman, Former President of the GAA, and former Barretstown camper, Niamh Flanagan, age 10, from Blessington, Co. Wicklow, with, from left, Andy O’Brien, Chairman of the PR & Marketing Committee, Leinster Council, Jack Boothman, Former President of the GAA, Dee Ahearn, CEO, Barretstown, and Martin Skelly, Chairman of the Leinster Council.Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

 

Speaking at the launch Leinster GAA Chairman Martin Skelly said: “I’m delighted to be here today with such an esteemed representative from the GAA’s past, the legendary Jack Boothman at Barretstown Castle in Kildare. In the GAA we are dedicated to ensuring that our family of games and the values we live, enrich the lives of our members, families and the communities we serve so we hope that this fundraising opportunity at the Leinster Finals not only raises the much needed funds but also raises awareness about the valuable work that Barretstown does at a community level across Ireland. We wish the Barretstown team every success with its ‘be part of the magic’ fundraising campaign and hope to see some magical moments on the pitch at the Leinster finals.

10 Barretstown campers will be the guests of Leinster GAA on both Leinster Finals days.  On 7 July they enjoyed a pulsating encounter between between 2012 Leinster Hurling Champions Galway and Dublin.  On 14 July the parents and children will watch the Leinster football final meeting between Meath and Dublin.  On both days a guard of honour for the Senior Teams will be formed at the tunnel entrance by the Barretstown Children. Their presence on each day will be showcased on the big screen and the Leinster GAA Barretstown Partnership will be featured in the match day programme.

Dee Ahearn, CEO of Barretstown added, “This partnership with the GAA is a huge opportunity to raise awareness about Barretstown and to educate the public about the work that we do. Our mission is that every child suffering with serious illness should be able to have serious fun through our Therapeutic Recreation Programme. While we would hope that no parent should ever have to receive the diagnosis that their child is suffering from a serious illness, we would like those who do, to know that Barretstown is here for them and their family.”

 

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