LIMERICK hurler and Ballingarry club man Donal O’Grady put his hurley to even better use than normal last week when he took part in a charity ‘poc fada’ event at Croke Park.
O’Grady was one of fourteen senior inter county hurlers who took part in the Ethiad Airways competition on May 30, which saw a giant map of the world laid out for target practice on the pitch at GAA HQ.
Each hurler took turns at hitting a sliotar at the map, and won a pair of tickets for a return trip to whichever destination it landed closest to. The tickets were then donated to the charity of each player’s choice, which will be raffled off to raise valuable funds.
Donal, who put in a dominant performance in Limerick’s recent narrow defeat by Tipperary in the first round of the Munster championship, won two tickets to Indonesia for his chosen charity, the Mid West Simon Community.
Hurlers from Antrim, Clare, Cork Galway, Tipperary, Waterford, Carlow, Dublin, Kilkenny, Laois, Offaly, Westmeath and Wexford also took part in the ‘poc fada’ event, which was part of the launch of the new Ethiad Skyline tours at Croke Park.
The skyline tours will provide views of the Croke Park pitch and the Dublin skyline from the very top of the stadium. Comedian Dara O’Briain has provided the audio narration for the tour.
Ethiad Skyline is part of the Abu Dhabi-based carrier’s sponsorship of the GAA hurling championship. The airline began its sponsorship of the event in 2008, and recently agreed a multi-million euro extension of the deal with the GAA.
At last week’s poc fada, the airline donated flights to China, Australia, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia. to a number of nominated Irish charities.