Thursday 17 January 2019

Dubs asked to give blood for good cause

JIM TURNER is back to full fitness. And he's back refereeing.

He is one of the most experienced of them all. He refereed a senior county football final.

He grew up with Mick Leech, one of the greatest goal-scorers Irish football has ever known.

"Mick would have been a great Gaelic footballer, but he was just so good at the soccer," explains Jim.

Mick would often be up on the slopes of Tymon watching St Jude's. He follows all sport.

Just like Jim. One of Jim's favourite gigs was the Herald/St James's Gaels Floodlit Cup.

In that tournament, two points were awarded for a free. Jim would love to see that rule brought into Gaelic football.

He says it would clean up the kitchen better than the black card.

There was many a dramatic night up in The Iveagh when a late two-pointer would decide the game.

The Floodlit Cup also saw two referees in charge, one in each half of the pitch. Jim's regular colleagues included Senan Finucane and Tony Clarke.

Jim is still giving his all..........and giving blood. He looks forward to his regular trips to James's Street Hospital.

He was in there the other week and there were a huge shortage of donors.

He'd be chuffed to see the Dublin GAA community help out.

"It's amazing how fulfilling giving blood (or platelets) is," says Jim.

"The donations help so many people who are ill, and without donations, there are no operations."

Dublin full-forward, Eoghan O'Gara, was among those that gave his time, and his blood, to the cause.

Jim would be thrilled to see more. "When you see a child that is getting better because of donors, the feeling is as good as winning an All-Ireland," states Jim.

"People would enjoy the experience. The staff in James's Street couldn't be better.

"The first step is to make a call to set up an appointment, and they'd only be too happy to hear from people.

"James's Street Hospital is well served by the LUAS and bus routes, so it's very convenient in that regard."

More information from James's Street Hospital on 4322800.

Or log onto www.giveblood.ie

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