Inter-County GAA players will raise money for frontline workers in the HSE and NHS with an All-Ireland FIFA 20 tournament this bank holiday weekend.
A player from each of the 32 counties will take part in the knockout tournament, which will be broadcast via Facebook and YouTube.
The idea was conceived by Irish Times columnist Joanne O’ Riordan, and will be run in partnership with the GPA and the Insomnia Dublin Gaming Festival. The event will get underway on Friday May 1st, with the final taking place on Sunday May 3rd.
Speaking about the event, GPA CEO Paul Flynn said:
This is a fantastic idea, and the GPA are delighted to be involved. It’s a great way for players to stay connected to each other at this time of isolation while it’s great to be able to raise funds for frontline workers.
There are many inter-county players, both male and female, among them. To be able to show our support for them in this way is something that we are delighted to be able to do. We are extremely grateful and extremely proud of their efforts.
Inter county players are uniting to raise funds for frontline workers.
Players from all 32 counties counties are taking part in the first of its kind, All Ireland FIFA 20 Online Tournament.
See link below for more details.https://t.co/xrx6kiYFq3
— GPA (@gaelicplayers) April 27, 2020
Wexford’s Rory O’Connor, Kilkenny’s Paddy Deegan and Monaghan’s Conor McCarty are some of the names confirmed to be taking part. Further details on the streaming schedule can be found here.
While the event will be streamed free of charge, a Go Fund Me page has been set up in order to collect the vital donations. You can contribute to that here, with all money collected going to a fantastic cause.