By Kieran Galvin
Former Offaly hurling star Michael Duignan has asked for clubs in the county to provide financial assistance to his current club, Ballinamere/Durrow.
Duignan, well known nationally as a respected hurling pundit with RTE, is the current chairman of the Ballinamere/Durrow club.
Ballinamere recently won the Leinster Junior hurling title which means they must travel to England this weekend for an All-Ireland quarer-final clash.
The letter reads as follows.
Clubs of Offaly
As you know Ballinamere recently won the Offaly Intermediate hurling title for the first time in 60 years. They then followed up last Sunday by winning the Leinster Junior hurling final, defeating Kilkenny’s Lisdowney by a point in a great final.
The next match is in Birmingham on Sunday 15th December as the lads tackle Fullen Gaels in the All Ireland Quarter Final.
This successful year has put a huge strain on the club finances and the trip to England next week is adding to this.
In this regard the club have asked a small fund raising committee to raise some money ahead of this trip. We know that all clubs are under pressure but we would greatly appreciate any help the clubs of Offaly could give us.
We are trying to find a sponsor for each player to the tune of €100 per player. It would be great if each club in Offaly could sponsor a player to help us continue the clubs quest for All Ireland glory.
If your club wish to contribute please send cheques (payable to Ballinamere GAA) to me at Unit 13, Axis Business Park, Tullamore, Co Offaly. You might let me know by return if you are in a position to support.
Many thanks in advance for any help you may be able to give.
Yours in hurling,
(Ballinamere/Durrow Chairman, Fundraising Chairman of Ballinamere GAA)