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‘All in for Ann’ – charity match in memory of Ann Daly

Much loved Armagh Ladies Senior Football Team manager James Daly is planning a charity football match later this year in honour of his wife Ann, who died last July following a brave eight year battle with cancer.

The event, aptly named “All in for Ann”, will take place on October 3rd in Dromintee GAC with all proceeds donated to Cancer Focus Northern Ireland / Ulster Cancer Foundation and Breast Cancer Awareness, two charities that Ann herself had raised money for over the years.

The charity fundraiser, which combines Ann’s great passion for football and fundraising, promises to be an unmissable match between the Ulster Ladies Selection and the All-Ireland Ladies Selection.

James Daly and his young family have endured an unbearably tough time with Ann’s passing in July followed just eight days later by the death of James’ father.  The family were then dealt another cruel blow six weeks after that when Daly was told by doctors that there was a 90 per cent chance that his son Ryan had cancer.

Remarkably, the dedicated manager saw out the remainder of a landmark season with Armagh, before stepping down to support his son through surgery after Armagh lost to Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final clash.

Thankfully Ryan’s tumour was found to be benign, and  he is now doing well, having come through major surgery last September.

James returned as manager of Armagh Senior Ladies and admits the role is “a great distraction” and that he finds it better “patrolling a touchline rather than sitting at home, alone with his thoughts.”

Despite each day being a challenge for James and his children, he is throwing his energy into October’s charity football fundraiser, a fitting tribute to football-mad wife Ann, who was also a former Armagh ladies board secretary.

‘All in for Ann’ will take place in Dromintee on Saturday, October 3.

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