Swinford pitch to be named after Garda

April 26, 2012
The Swinford club in Mayo is to re-name its pitch in honour of Garda Robert McCallion next month.

The 28-year-old Garda was killed in the line of duty in County Donegal in 2009. He passed away on April 7th that year.

Robert played gaelic football at all level with Swinford and they are now going to dedicate their newly-redeveloped all-weather pitch to him.

Club legend Dr Padraig Carney, known as 'The Flying Doc', who starred on Mayo's last All-Ireland winning team in 1951, is coming home from California to perform the official opening.

The ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 6th, with Swinford playing a Garda selection at 12:30 before Connacht champions Mayo and Ulster kingpins Donegal go head-to-head in a SF challenge at 2:30.

This event to commemorate Robert has been in the planning for two years. The late Swinford star was on the club's 1999 IFC-winning side and also represented Mayo at U21 and senior levels.

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