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First annual Sean Dowling Memorial Shield to be played this weekend with all proceeds going to young Laois boy

Sean Dowling

The first ever annual Sean Dowling Memorial Shield will take place this weekend.

Mr Dowling, who battled terminal cancer since the beginning of 2018, passed away on October 1 2020.

He truly was a remarkable man and in 2019, he raised thousands of euro for the the Tullamore Oncology Unit through a testimonial match that he organised. 

And even as he is no longer with us, Sean will still be raising funds for those who need it.

The Sean Dowling Memorial Shield will kick off in Conor Davis Park in Mountmellick at 3pm on Saturday October 2 and all proceeds raised will go to a young Laois boy.

Cathail Dooley is a four-year-old from The Rock in Laois and just a day before his birthday, he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukaemia.

He is currently undergoing treatment and a number of fundraisers to help his family have already taken place.

A spokesperson for Mountmellick United explained how the day will unfold.

They said: “Mountmellick United FC are delighted to announce the first annual Sean Dowling Memorial Shield charity game in memory of the great Sean Dowling.

“On the 2nd October at 3pm a Mountmellick XI “Class on Grass” will take on Shane Dowlings XI “Outcast Bombers”.

“There will be a €5 entry fee at the gate with all funds being donated to the Cathail Dooley Holohan fund.

“Why not come and join us in celebrating Sean’s life and his contribution to football, all while raising some vital funds for Cathail.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.