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Peter Canavan to line out again for Tyrone in charity challenge

Peter Canavan celebrates scoring a goal for Tyrone. Picture by Hugh Russell  
Staff Reporter

PETER Canavan is to come out of retirement for Tyrone at the weekend in a challenge game to raise funds for Down's syndrome groups.

Playing as part of a Tyrone select side, 'Peter the Great' will face a stern task as he attempts to outwit the backline of a 1990s vintage Donaghmore GAC.

Bruising clashes with the defences of Armagh and Dublin will be no preparation for Canavan on Saturday when he is due to be man marked by Tyrone's number one fan 'Datsun Donaghy', aka actor Conor Grimes.

Grimes said: "'God' will meet his maker at last."

The match will also mark two decades since Donaghmore's last championship victory, when they won the Tyrone intermediate title in 1996.

Gerard O'Neill, who was part of that side, said: "The memories from that day and the way our village celebrated are beyond belief so I wanted to let the younger ones around Donaghmore know us auld fogies deserved a bit of respect."

The Donaghmore team will have Brian Faloon at the helm and the likes of Paul O’Neill, Brian Robinson and Adrian Cush will hope to give the county stars something to worry about.

The challenge game will be played in Donaghmore, with all proceeds going to Down's syndrome charities
 

Eugene McKenna will manage the Tyrone 1990s side, which is also expected to feature the likes of Gerard Cavlan, Fay Devlin and Chris Lawn.

They will meet on Saturday evening in Fr Eamonn Devlin Park in Donaghmore, with a throw-in time of 6pm.

All proceeds from the game and post-match barbecue at McCausland's in Donaghmore, which will be donation only, will go towards for Down's syndrome support groups in Cookstown, Dungannon and Lurgan.

Anyone wishing to make donations can do so via www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Downs-Proud

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