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Jamie Joe Conway charity game gathers momentum with star-studded line-up

Ballinderry clubman and former Derry midfielder James Conway and wife Sonia have organised a charity Allstar Gaelic football match this Saturday at the Shamrocks club. All proceeds will go to the Children's Heartbeat Trust and the Children's Hospital in Dublin. James and Sonia's baby boy Jamie Joe had life-saving surgery carried out earlier this year at the hospital in Dublin. Picture Mal McCann.

THE star-studded charity football match, inspired by Jamie Joe Conway, will see Health Minister Robin Swann throw the ball in at Ballinderry Shamrocks on Saturday (5pm), while the big names taking part keep on coming.

Multiple Allstar winner Conor McManus is the latest top player to confirm their participation this weekend as the Conway family’s fundraising drive to support the Children’s Heartbeat Trust and the Children’s Hospital continues ahead of Saturday’s game.

Jamie Joe Conway, son of Sonia Daly and James Conway, received life-saving heart surgery earlier this year in Dublin and has made tremendous progress since as he approaches his first birthday.

In a story that tugged on the heart-strings of Irish News readers last month, the couple revealed the heartache and anguish they went through with their child, born with Down syndrome and a heart defect.

The couple said: “We are delighted that the whole community have come together to support the game this Saturday.

The response we’ve had so far has been amazing. We would like to thank everyone who has kindly donated to the two charities both in person & online via our just giving page (https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/soniadaly-jamesconway).

“Our two team managers Paddy Crozier and Martin McKinless along with Patrick McGuckin, have been invaluable in supporting the fundraiser and we’d like to thank them for their help organising the match and teams.

“We hope to welcome a big crowd at Ballinderry GAC this Saturday for a great evening of All-star football.”

An Allstar Select will take on Ballinderry’s Ulster winning team of 2013.

List of players for the All Stars Select team: Antrim: Chris Kerr, John McKeever, Aodhan Gallagher; Armagh: Brendan Donaghy, Charlie Vernon; Derry: Eoin Bradley, Paddy Bradley, Gary Coleman, Fergal Doherty, Mark Lynch, Johnny McBride, Paul McFlynn ; Donegal: Neil Gallagher, Michael Langan, Eamon McGee; Down: Darren O’Hagan, Shane O’Hagan, Ronan Sexton ; Monaghan: Dick Clerkin, Conor McManus; Tyrone: Chris Lawn, Stephen Lawn, Enda McGinley, Brian McGuckin, Frank McGuigan, Tommy McGuigan, Joe McMahon, Owen Mulligan, Brian McGuigan (captain)

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