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Mon 30-Jul-2007 18:57
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GAA All-Stars under pressure to reveal all
By Liam Horan
Three Gaelic football legends are coming under huge pressure to do ‘the fully Monty’ on RTE1’s Charity You’re A Star programme this week – and Kerry superstar Jack O’Shea has teased fans by saying: “We might rip open our shirts alright.”
O’Shea, Dublin’s Barney Rock, and David Beggy of Meath have been “inundated with texts and phonecalls from friends all over Ireland”, following the suggestion by judge Amanda Brunker that the lads show show their six-packs to the nation.
The trio put aside old inter-county rivalries to sing up a storm for the Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre, and they made it through the weekend’s opening stages with renditions of Rhinestone Cowboy and Sweet Home Chicago. Tomorrow night(TUESDAY) they will perform once again but won’t finalise their song until later today.
“People have been picking up on what Amanda said, but I don’t know – we’re all a bit long in the tooth for that crack. Barney and David are both younger than me, too. But maybe we might rip open our shirts if we make it to the final on Sunday, August 12th,” said O’Shea.
The Kerry maestro and Rock have never before sung in public, but Beggy has a bit of experience playing with a some other musicians in his local pub. “It’s all a bit of crack. We are three GAA lads doing this for a charity set up by a soccer star,” said Beggy.
“Cancer touches all our lives, and we are delighted to be able to raise the profile for the Gary Kelloy Cancer Support Centre. It doesn’t receive any Government funding, yet it provides huge support to so many people, and if we can help to raise money for the charity, we are more than happy.
“We would also ask anyone whose families have been affected in any way by cancer to help us to bring this much-needed service to a national audience.”
The lads have already received the endorsements of Republic of Ireland manager Steve Staunton, soccer great John Giles, comedian Barry Murphy, GAA greats Eoin ‘Bomber’ Liston and Peter Canavan.
The centre, established by Irish international soccer star Gary Kelly, provides counselling, education, information and support to people living with cancer and their families free of charge.
Based in Drogheda, it has received over 10,000 visits from people nationwide since it opened its doors in 2004. It does not receive any Government funding despite providing its services free.
To support the All-Stars, fans can text VOTE ALLSTARS to 53600 from RoI and NI, Call 1513 717110 from RoI, or 0901 1820010 from NI.
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