by Sean Moriarty
London Senior Hurling Champions Kilburn Gaels will remember the late Cathal Forde by contesting a challenge game in Gort, County Galway on November 8.
Mr Forde was a member of Kiburn Gaels when they last won a county title in 2010.
He died suddenly, after suffering from cardiac arrest in April 20102 while training for the north London side at their grounds in Hampstead.
His brother Niall and cousins Brian and Colm were also part of the county championship winning side four years ago.
Following Cathal’s death all three returned to Ireland where Niall now plays with Galway championship frontrunner Gort.
Kilburn have qualified for the All Ireland Intermediate club championship quarter-final as a result of their victory in this year’s county championship. This game is set to be played in late November or early December once the Leinster intermediate provincial series is decided.
Like most UK-based teams that make it to this stage of the All Ireland series, Kilburn are anxious to take on Irish senior clubs in challenge games in an effort to be best prepared for the quarter final.
Club management have opted to take on Gort who have qualified for the Galway Senior semi-final as a tribute to their late colleague.
Selector Frankie Keating said: “We wanted to play a big team at home but we also wanted to remember Cathal and pay tribute to him by having both his clubs contest the one game. He and three members of his family were on Kilburn’s team when we last won the title in 2010. The lads here want to show his family at home that Cathal is not forgotten.”
Several members of the current Kilburn squad, including goalkeeper Keith Greene are former members of the Gort hurling team.
Kiuburn Gaels will host a fundraiser at Tony’s Bar in Willesden, north London on October 24 to help fund the team’s trip to Ireland and other associated All Ireland series expenses.