In June 2012, PJ Loftus lost his battle with bowel cancer. PJ was an extremely popular and valued member of the Knockmore community and had been a dedicated servant to Knockmore and Mayo GAA for many years. To pay tribute to his father's memory and raise much needed funds for the Mayo/Roscommon Hospice, PJ’s son Alan has organised a charity match between the Knockmore senior GAA team and their soccer counterparts from Conn Rangers. The game will take place on St Stephen's Day at 1pm at the Knockmore GAA pitch. The Knockmore team will feature county stars Kevin McLoughlin and Shane McHale, alongside Alan himself, Aidan Kilcoyne, John Brogan, Declan Sweeney and the returning pair of Trevor Howley and Niall Canavan amongst others. The Conn Rangers senior soccer team who narrowly missed out on promotion to the Super League this year will be represented by Owen McNamara and Brian Hughes (who both featured on the Mayo Premier A league team of the year ), along with Noel Butler, Darren Coleman and Joe Faughnan.
Also on the day there will be a Legends game where past Knockmore legends such as Fergus Sweeney, Kevin Staunton, Nigel Reape, Ray Dempsey and Kevin O'Neill will face off against their Conn Rangers counterparts, among them such household names as Liam McHale, Mark Hanahoe and Val Brogan.
On top of all the action on the pitch, there will be plenty of fun, entertainment, refreshments and a raffle.
If anyone would like to donate, they may do so online at www.mycharity.ie/event/alansfundraiser or alternatively, contact Alan on 087 217 5903.