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GAA charity matches will honour Eamonn Morgan and Charlotte Sant

By Declan Bogue

Published 07/12/2015

Much loved: Eamonn Morgan and his girlfriend Charlotte Sant
Much loved: Eamonn Morgan and his girlfriend Charlotte Sant

A GAA player who died in an accident in the Middle East with his partner is to be remembered at a football charity match - one of two Gaelic games taking place over Christmas in memory of young players who lost their lives this year.

Six nights later another game will pay tribute to the lives of Peter Hughes, Conall Havern and Gavin Sloan - three friends who died after a road accident here in August.

The first fundraiser will mark the launch of The Eamonn Morgan Trust, in memory of the popular PE teacher who died with his partner Charlotte Sant while driving a sand buggy in Qatar in June.

Eamonn's brother and clubmate Declan helped get the ball rolling, and his home club St John Bosco of Newry is now set to take on Qatar GAA, where Eamonn was a key member.

With a number of players coming home to Ireland for Christmas, the Qatar GAA chairman Peter Crowe arranged for the friendly to be played at St Colman's College, where Eamonn was a pupil.

It will take place on December 28, with the throw-in at 2.30pm.

Declan explained: "It has been set up by one of Eamonn's good friends here in Newry, Paddy Mooney. He was the man that came up with it.

"The trust was set up to help with a shelter that has been set up in Zambia, in partnership with Friends of Africa. Money goes to Africa to help children on the street.

A few nights later a game between a south Down select and a south Armagh select will be held in memory of Peter, Conall and Gavin.

The three friends died after an accident on the A1 dual carriageway in late August.

Alan Rigney, a lifelong friend and clubmate of Peter, has been a driving force of the HSS Charity Match (Hughes, Havern, Sloan), in Dromintee on January 2, with throw-in at 7.30pm.

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