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GAA Video: Gaelic clubs in floodlight tribute to Portglenone's Paul McKeever

Paul McKeever was deeply involved with Roger Casements GAC, where he served on the committee and coached underage teams

GAELIC clubs around Ulster and beyond bonded together at the weekend in a 'Lighting Up' tribute in memory of former Antrim footballer and inter-county referee Paul McKeever, who died just three months after being diagnosed with a rare type of cancer.

The 39-year-old Portglenone clubman was remembered at the 'Light Up the Pitch for Paul' event at Roger Casements GAC in the village on Saturday and right across the province and beyond clubs joined in with lighting up pitch displays that night to remember Paul and show their support for the Portglenone club's charity fund-raising initiative.

The tournament was organised to help raise much-needed funds for two charities, Friends of the Cancer Centre and Cancer Focus NI, who helped Paul and his wife Nicola and family through the most difficult time.

Mr McKeever passed away last November after being diagnosed with a rare, malignant tumour.

A devoted husband and father of three, he represented Antrim at both minor and Under-21 level.

He was a member of the ground-breaking Sean Stinson's minor team - an amalgamation between Roger Casements and St Mary's Ahoghill - which won four Antrim minor championships in a row between 1995-1998.

Thirty-two Under 10 and Under 12 teams from across Ulster competed at the 'Light Up the Pitch for Paul' event.

The Roger Casement's club Tweeted this beautiful video compilation of the event and their thanks for the contribution and support of other GAA clubs.

Glenullin GAC in county Derry posted: Remembering our loved ones, those that have and are suffering. Prayers said. Standing together with @casementsgac  #LightUpForPaul #cancer #GAAFamily.

Glasgow Gaels GAC said: We may be across the Irish Sea, but we stand with @casementsgac in remembering Paul and all cancer sufferers! Proud to be part of @UlsterGAA #LightUpForPaul

Rasharkin GAC Tweeted: Standing side by side with our near neighbours @casementsgac and all those families affected by cancer. #LightUpForPaul #GAA  #Belong

 

 Glenullin GAC in county Derry posted: Remembering our loved ones, those that have and are suffering. Prayers said. Standing together with @casementsgac #lightupforPaul #cancer #GAAFamily.

 

 Glasgow Gaels GAC show their support with floodlight switch on

 

An aerial view of Roger Casement's GAC, Portglenone 'Light Up the Pitch for Paul' Tournament

 

The children of @BrocaghGFC supporting #LightUpForPaul and ?@casementsgac
 

 

Glenravel - Con Magees & Brídíní Óga @con_magee sharing solidarity and respect for the McKeever family and all at @casementsgac from Glenravel #LightUpForPaul 

 

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