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Charity game in memory of ‘Hoss’

HANGING OUT...The friends and fanily of Joe 'Hoss' McDermott are organising a football game in his memory

HANGING OUT…The friends and family of Joe ‘Hoss’ McDermott are organising a football game in his memory

A CHARITY football match in memory of Shandon Park man Joe ‘Hoss’ McDermott, who was killed in Australia last year, will be held next month.

The match between a Shandon Park select and Hoss FC – a team made up of family members and his many friends – will take place at Omagh Leisure Centre on Sunday, April 10, kick-off 1pm.

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All monies raised will go to the Kevin Bell RepatriationTrust which alleviates the financial hardship of bereaved families repatriating the body (bodies) of loved ones who have died abroad in sudden or tragic circumstances back to Ireland.

Joe, a well known figure in the town of Omagh and further afield, died following an accident on a building site in Perth.

One of the chief organisers of the charity match Eamon Keyes said there has been overwhelming response to mark Joe’s memory in this manner.

“My fondest memories of Hoss were of him running around Shandon Park with his cap on playing football,” said Mr Keyes.

“A few lads who grew up in the park thought organising a football match was the best way to remember him. The response has been brilliant and we have enough players to field at least four teams.”

All the players have been given a sponsor form while a number of local businesses have weighed in with their support. They are the Coach Inn (pitch), Annie’s Bar (trophy) and Tamlaght Car Care (ball). The game will be refereed by a member of the Fermanagh and Western Referees’ Association.

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