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Wheelchair hurlers win lottery prize

Patrick Kielty with Geraldine McGarrigle and James McGurk and team members of Ulster GAA’s wheelchair hurling programme
Patrick Kielty with Geraldine McGarrigle and James McGurk and team members of Ulster GAA’s wheelchair hurling programme

By David Reed

Ulster GAA's wheelchair hurlers have been named the Best Sports Project in the 25th Birthday National Lottery Awards.

TV presenter Patrick Kielty was on hand to deliver the good news to the team after they won a public vote to land the prize in the annual search for the most popular lottery-funded projects.

The comedian, who is a former All-Ireland winning Down minor footballer, 'replaced' regular coaches Shane McCann and Paul Callaghan to share his own unique brand of hurling tactics with players at a special training session in Belfast.

Mr Kielty said: "It was an absolute joy to see this project in action. They really do deserve their success.

"Hats off to the coaches and those within the GAA for devising and developing this programme."

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