Marathon Gaelic Football Game

The 24 Hour Gaelic Football Game in aid of Cancer Focus Northern Ireland and the Michaela Foundation began at 11.00am on Saturday, January 7th 2017 and is due to continue non-stop until 11.00am on Sunday 8th. The event is supported by O'Neills and it was held at the Tyrone GAA HQ at Garvaghey. This is an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest Gaelic Football game. 40 players were selected from over 170 entires and each player was asked to seek sponsorship for the two charities. Prior to the start of the game they had crossed the £45,000 mark in total. This epic challenge which will demand exceptional endurance ability continues for 24 hours and you should pay it a visit to encourage the players, referees, umpires, catering staff and all the other support teams there. From North Monaghan Greg Devlin, from the Emyvale Club, was selected and he will accept donations. Also Eoin Treanor, Truagh, is the Community Fundraising Officer for Cancer Focus NI and he, or his family, will accept donations. Cancer Focus NI provides a wide range of services for Northern Ireland cancer patients and their families. These include counselling, family support, bra and swimwear fitting for women who’ve had breast surgery, stop smoking services, cancer prevention services in schools, communities and workplaces and breast cancer research in Queen’s University Belfast. Michaela Foundation inspired by the life and values of Michaela McAreavey, aims to support and inspire young people in Ireland to lead happy and fulfilled lives without limits. Michaela Foundation organises summer camps and other initiatives for young people that encourage the practice of all the values that Michaela, her family and friends hold dear, such as the Irish language, faith, fun, well-being and fashion.
Una Kelly, Operations Manager Michaela Foundation, said: “The response to Marathon Match has been exceptional. We’re delighted to have the backing of our main event sponsors O’Neill’s who have been extraordinary in their generosity. We would also like to thank Club Tyrone who have kindly given us access to the amazing facilities at Garavghey that Club Tyrone, Murphy Gloves for their kind sponsorship, the tens of volunteers who are giving up their free time to umpire, referee, witness and assist us during the mammoth game and everyone else who has supported us so far.
We would like to urge the general public to come along to the game, spur on the players taking part in this monumental feat and enjoy some family friendly activities pitch side as well as a free health check courtesy of Cancer Focus NI”
If you would like to donate to the Marathon Match, please go to or text MTCH24 followed by the amount you want to donate to 70071.