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Wednesday 30 July 2014

Dubs star puts his All-Ireland medal on sale

A DUBLIN GAA hero's All-Ireland medal is among 18 medals he is auctioning off.

Ray Hazley (53) was sent off in the infamous 'Game Of Shame' football final between Dublin and Galway in 1983.

Hazley received his medal after Dublin won the final -- despite being reduced to just 12 players after a number of sending offs in the overheated final at Croke Park.

The medals --won by the player during a distinguished career for Dublin and his club St Vincent's -- are being sold by Whyte's auctioneers.

An estimate of €4,000 to €5,000 has been put on the collection. The auction, at Whyte's Galleries, in Molesworth Street, takes place on January 26.

The former football star has worked abroad for several years as a high-ranking executive for the Pepsi drinks company. He was president of Pepsi in Spain until 2010, when he was transferred to a senior post in Turkey.

Conor Dodd, head of collections at Whyte's, told the Herald: "GAA medals attract strong interest from supporters all over the globe. The internet has allowed people to bid from their own homes in the US, Australia, and other parts of the world."

The medals offered for sale also include his Leinster Senior Championship medals won with Dublin in 1983, 1984 and 1985. And a All-Ireland runners-up medal in 1985.

Gifted

Hazley was an outstanding player for St Vincent's GAA club in Dublin and he won medals in victories in the Leinster Senior Club Football Championship in 1984.

There are medals for club victories in the Dublin county championship in 1981 and 1984.

A dual player for his club, he was an gifted hurler and helped his club win the Dublin Senior Hurling Championship in 1981 and 1982.

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