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Hurling legend Paddy Braniff auctioning jerseys for Alzheimer's Society

Down hurling great Paddy Braniff with two of his jerseys
Connla Young

GAA fans are being offered a unique chance to own a piece of Ulster hurling history.

Ballygalget, Down and Ulster great Paddy Braniff is auctioning two of his winning jerseys to raise cash for the Alzheimer's Society.

Up for grabs are his jersey from the 1964 All-Ireland junior final and the top he wore during Ulster's win over Connacht in 1970.

Two years ago the club held its first 'Dementia Friends' workshop, an initiative with the Alzheimer's Society, which has reached 335 people.

Ballygalget GAC public relations officer Kerry Gilmore said the recent period of lockdown has had a major impact on people with dementia.

“Lockdown has been devastating for people with dementia, with many experiencing a rapid progression of symptoms and distress caused by changes in routine."

She said her club is trying to play its part in helping those with the condition.

“Ballygalget is the first GAA club to work towards being dementia friendly and has won two awards,” she said.

“We have been doing a lot of work on becoming dementia friendly and we have dementia friendly signs and quiet times for dementia,” she said.

Mr Braniff and his family remain heavily involved with the hurling and camogie club and his grandson Christopher is the current chairman.

The hurling legend also runs a 'walkers and talkers' group and organises the club's annual tournament week.

For more information or to place a bid on either jersey in confidence email

The auction closes at noon on Saturday July 11.

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