Paula McGovern Marymount University Hospital & Hospice with Niall Cahalane & Conor Cahalane. (Picture: Gerard McCarthy)

Cork GAA and Marymount Hospice are calling on Cork to ‘Go Red’ on September 16 to mark the 30th anniversary of Cork winning the GAA double in 1990.

Conor Cahalane, son of Niall Cahalane who was on the winning 1990 football team, came up with the idea as a way to raise funds for Marymount Hospice.

To get involved the people of Cork are asked to Go Red on September 16 by wearing your jersey, red clothing or accessories or red up your remote office, home or car, and then donate to the campaign through the online campaign link

Speaking at the launch which coincided with the hurling anniversary win on September 2, Conor Cahalane said: “We had supported Marymount earlier in the year through the hugely successful Cork Hurlers Solo run campaign so I knew that Marymount were really suffering due to Covid-19 cancellations so I wanted to do something more to help.”

75% of the proceeds will go to Marymount Hospice, with 25% going to Cork GAA. Due to Covid-19 Marymount has had to cancel its entire schedule of fundraising events for 2020, which marks its 150th year.

Speaking at the launch, Head of Fundraising and Communications Paula McGovern said: “While we cannot run any of our standard events this year this is a great way for people to bring some colour into their day, mark their county’s achievements and donate to Marymount all the while.”

Kevin O’Donovan, Cork County Board CEO, said he was delighted to give a socially distanced welcome to the 1990 players from both teams to Pairc Ui Chaoimh to help launch the campaign.

“Cork GAA is delighted to get behind this great campaign. 1990 was an iconic year for Cork GAA and still stands as an unmatched high-water mark in Gaelic Games nationally,” Mr O’Donovan said.