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Sports Desk: Quinn leads way in soccer philanthropy

February 17, 2011

By Staff Reporter

Quinn was born and raised in Perrystown, just down the road from the Children’s Hospital, which is situated at Crumlin Cross. Now in addition to the money Quinn has also donated most of his international jerseys and the jerseys he swapped with other players to Our Lady’s Hospital.
The jerseys have been framed and will be on display in the new wing of the hospital next Tuesday when Tanaiste Mary Harney officially opens the Medical Tower in Crumlin Hospital which was made possible partly by Quinn’s generosity.
We hear tales about greedy, overpaid footballers, but players like Quinn and former Irish manager Mick McCarthy have been very good to Our Lady’s Hospital, while Roy Keane backs the Irish Guide Dogs Association and Gary Kelly donated the proceeds of his testimonial game at Leeds United to help build a home for cancer sufferers in his native Drogheda. Other Irish players also do their bit for charity. So it goes to show that not all footballers are greedy and selfish.

It now looks like the Westmeath hurlers will be holding on to the Christy Ring Cup they won last month when they beat Down in the final at Croke Park. Down had hinted that Westmeath might offer them a replay
when it was discovered that the referee played only 32 minutes in the first half. A precedent was set back in 1998 when Clare and Offaly replayed their All-Ireland semifinal after Galway referee Jimmy Cooney blew up early. But that happened at the end of the game and the Games Administration Committee have told the Down County Board they won’t be getting a replay. Westmeath are now proudly displaying it around the county and fund-raising for their trip to New York at the end of October.

The Irish men’s basketball team will play Lithuania in Vilnius tomorrow as a final preparation for their European championship game against Malta at the National Basketball Arena in Dublin on Saturday next. The team have also played Turkey and Italy as part of their build-up. Coach Gerry Fitzpatrick finalized his squad following a five-day training camp at Long Branch, New Jersey. The squad is: Jay Laranga, Dan Callaghan, Martin Conlon, Lorcan Precious, Justen Naughton, Pat Burke, Conor Grace, Chris Bracey, Danny Mills, Cal Bodwler, Jim
Moran and Mike Bree.

University College Dublin now have a great chance of qualifying for the money-spinning Setanta Cup next year. Last week the Students beat this year’s Setanta Cup beaten finalists Shelbourne in the Eircom League Cup
semifinal to set up a final meeting with Derry City next month. The All-Ireland competition will be expanded in 2006 to take in eight teams, four from the north and four from the Eircom League. With the Northern League for 2005 already finished we know that their representative next year will be: Linfield, Glentoran, Portadown and Dungannon Swifts. In May this year Linfield picked up a check for

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