Sixty-five year old ‘man of the match’ Greg Lynch from Leicester showed younger players how Gaelic football is played in Coventry last Saturday.
Teams of men aged 45 and over came to Coventry to compete for the Cuimhne (Irish Memory Loss Campaign) Cup in fron of more than 400 spectators – children, parents and grandparents – from Irish communities in Milton Keynes, Coventry, Birmingham, Northampton, Stevenage, Leicester, Warwickshire and London.
It is part of a community wide effort by St. Finbarr’s Sports and Social Club in association with Irish in Britain, to prevent vascular dementia which is often linked to cardiovascular disease.
Danny Coleman, of St. Finbarr’s management committee, said a walking football event for over-60s is planned for next year.
Among those present – and who gave speeches on the need for regular physical activity – were local Mp Geoffrey Robinson, Leader of Coventry Council Cllr Ann Lucas and Ruth Popejoy of Voluntary Action Coventry.
The Cuimhne Cup, made by Waterford Cyrstal, sponsored by TLICN, with individual Waterford crystal tumblers sponsored by Zutech Technologies, were presented to the winning team of players from Coventry and Leicester.
Photos from Gerry Molumby