Galway clubs raise funds for front line workers

By Cian O'Connell

The Galway Senior Hurling Championship was due to commence on Saturday, but two Corribside clubs united to fundraise money for front line workers.

Two former All Ireland champions, Clarinbridge and Sarsfields, combined with more than €3,000 already secured to purchase food supplies and personal protective equipment for those working in University Hospital Galway and Portuiuncla Hospital, Ballinasloe.

"It was an initiative one of the lads, Ger Conolin, came up with," Clarbinbridge Chairman Bernie Conlon explains. 

"We were to play yesterday morning (Sunday) and we just wondered whether the two clubs could join together.

"I contacted Sarsfields, Michael Hynes is their Chairman. He ran it by a few of his club members in the executive and they were delighted to come onboard.

"We set up the gofundme page and we put it across our Twitter and Facebook. It snowballed really. Other clubs might do it going forward."

The reaction has been very positive with Clarinbrige and the Sarsfields clubs delighted to contribute during this testing time.

"It has worked out and it was just a matter of seeing what we could raise then," Conlon adds. "A lot of the Sarsfields people would be nearer to Portuniuncla Hospital and it is also for University Hospital Galway.

"If people were going to a game obviously you'd be paying in at the gate, so why not donate something."

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