HIGHGATE Football Club in Shirley was the venue for the annual ‘Come on Eileen’ charity day, in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care and Cancer Research UK.
More than £7,000 has been raised so far for both charities in memory of Eileen Dundas, with clubs from right across the GAA in Warwickshire coming together to take part in Saturday's festivities.
The centrepiece of the day came with the Under-12 tournament that saw a number of clubs taking part, including for the first time St Finbarrs, who fielded two sides of their own.
Event organiser Liam Dundas thanked the efforts of those who came out to participate in what was a successful day of fundraising: “We at St Brendans want to raise as much money as we can for charity and this year we have had a great boost thanks to word of mouth and social media. Eileen was a great follower of the GAA and she supported us all the way through when we started with St Brendans and was one of the great ‘Brendans' ladies’ who were an integral part of the club for the best part of 25 years.
“We’re really thankful to Highgate Football Club for allowing us to use their facilities, especially to Gerry Corrigan and Jim Merry. We’re grateful to all the sponsors who have contributed so much and of course to all the clubs and the wider community for coming out today – it’s brilliant to see so many people and new teams this year such as St Finbarrs.”
There was a fitting end to the tournament, with St Brendans taking on and defeating debutants St Finbarrs in the final after Brendans defeated Sean McDermotts in their semi-final while Finbarrs overcame a Roger Casements side boasting the tournament's golden boot Harry Lee.