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Football family are rallying for charity to remember Ann

By John Campbell

Published 12/09/2015

Charity drive: Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney and James Daly, who has just stepped down as Armagh ladies team boss, at the 'All in for Ann' initiative launch
Charity drive: Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney and James Daly, who has just stepped down as Armagh ladies team boss, at the 'All in for Ann' initiative launch

Aidan O'Rourke, a 2002 All-Ireland winner with Armagh, is the driving force behind a major initiative aimed at raising funds to help combat cancer.

In tandem with James Daly, who was manager of the Orchard County's ladies football team for four years until he stepped down last Sunday, O'Rourke is currently immersed in organising a special challenge game in honour of Daly's wife Ann, who passed away last year after an eight-year battle with cancer.

Both O'Rourke and Daly have a long association with the Dromintee club, which will be hosting the match between Ulster and the Rest of Ireland on Saturday, October 3.

Already many of the top lady footballers in the country have made themselves available for the game which is attracting huge interest within the province.

"Ann gave magnificent service to the GAA and she is sadly missed," said O'Rourke. "For his part, James has helped to bring ladies football in Armagh to a new level and has plotted considerable success for the county. It is only fitting that we should remember Ann and this match I think will be a fitting memorial."

The Dromintee club are leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to ensure that the match proves a huge success and among those at the launch of the initiative was current Armagh football boss Kieran McGeeney, who played alongside O'Rourke when history was made in 2002.

O'Rourke added: "We are delighted with the initial response and I have no doubt that everyone will want to get right behind a very worthy initiative."

Armagh ladies team skipper Caroline O'Hanlon is among those who has thrown her weight behind the initiative.

"I'm delighted to be taking part in this match in Ann's memory. I'm honoured to be asked to captain the Ulster team," she said.

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