Northern Ireland

Young patients at Belfast children's cancer unit treated to visit from Kieran McGeary

Tyrone All-Star Kieran McGeary dropping off gifts at the Children's Cancer Unit in the RVH, pictured with U11 player with Ballymacnab GAC Niall Smyth. Picture by Hugh Russell
Tyrone All-Star Kieran McGeary dropping off gifts at the Children's Cancer Unit in the RVH, pictured with U11 player with Ballymacnab GAC Niall Smyth. Picture by Hugh Russell Tyrone All-Star Kieran McGeary dropping off gifts at the Children's Cancer Unit in the RVH, pictured with U11 player with Ballymacnab GAC Niall Smyth. Picture by Hugh Russell

YOUNG patients at the children's cancer unit in Belfast were yesterday treated to a visit from a GAA footballing star.

Just days after he picked up the coveted Footballer of the Year accolade at the PwC All-Stars awards, Kieran McGeary was delivering gifts at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

And for one young patient, it was time to put county rivalries to one side.

Nine-year-old Niall Smyth, an under-11 player with Ballymacnab GAC in Armagh, was among those who received a gift from the Tyrone senior football vice-captain.

He was presented with a Tyrone GAA jersey, which was signed by the Pomeroy Plunkett's star.

Mr McGeary, who made his debut for Tyrone in 2016, was delivering presents on behalf of Pro-Performance Nutrition in a bid to provide some festive cheer to children at the unit.

The Tyrone footballer, who was still enjoying his first All-Star Award success last week, also met Naomi Spence, a community play specialist at the Belfast facility.

The donation was made as part of Children's Cancer Unit Charity's Christmas Appeal, as part of its wider work to support the medical team and staff at the unit and the families they care for.