JOHN MCCONNELL PAID ‘the GAA family’ his gratitude after a fundraiser for his brother Owen took place in Ardara tonight.
McConnell admitted his family have been blown away by the support offered for Owen, who watched the meeting of a Donegal select and Ulster champions Gaoth Dobhair on Facebook live from New York.
Photo caption: John McConnell of Ardara GAA club with Donegal senior team manager Declan Bonner. Photo Geraldine Diver
‘A Game For Owen’ was organised to raise money for the a father of four living in New York who was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung, lymph node and bone cancer. A huge crowd was in attendance despite the wind and rain to see Gaoth Dobhair come through on top in an entertaining encounter on a 4-7 to 1-12 scoreline.
“It was a very emotional day for us as a family and to see the response – not only tonight but since Owen took sick – with the fundraising has been unbelievable,” John McConnell said afterwards. “Our own family is obviously the most important thing but the GAA family comes a very close second.