Gaels play for Cairde Catherine

A HOST of past and present GAA stars will be in Bellaghy this Saturday to honour the memory of the late Catherine Quinn (nee Murray).

The event also aims to encourage more people to sign the donor register as well as to raise funds for charity. Catherine, the wife of former Bellaghy and Derry footballer, Danny Quinn died on May 13 of this year.

After being diagnosed with primary pulmonary hypertension nine years ago, she underwent a double lung transplant in May 2010.

Catherine and Danny have three children, Amy (15), Conor (12) and Dara (10).

A passionate Gael, Catherine was originally from Ballinascreen and her family has a long association with the local GAA club. Catherine’s brother Conor captained the Derry hurlers to the Ulster title in 2001.

Two matches have been organised which will reflect the Quinn family’s links to club, college and county.

The first game at 4pm will feature players from the 1994 Derry final between Ballinascreen and Bellaghy.

Both clubs will field select line-ups that will include special guests from across the county.

The second game at 5pm is between the St Mary’s Belfast team that won the Sigerson Cup in 1989 and members of the Derry squad that lifted the All-Ireland title in 1993.

Danny Quinn was a pivotal member of both panels. The entire St Mary’s Belfast team has already confirmed that they will in attendance on August 11.

Danny’s team-mates from ‘The Ranch’ side of ’89 include Benny Tierney, Jarlath Burns, Pascal Canavan, Seamus Downey and Malachy O’Rourke.

The matches will be refereed by Monaghan’s Pat McEnaney and Bellaghy’s Mickey Convery. Former Armagh Allstar Jimmy Smyth will provide live commentary.

All proceeds will go to the hospitals which treated Catherine during the course of her long illness.

For further details, visit the website, or the Facebook page Alternatively contact Martin Doyle on 07742 554 361 or Eunan Murray on 07742 554 370