FUNDS raised by the Limerick Bar Association will go towards the development costs of a new children’s respite centre at St Gabriel’s, work which it is hoped will begin next year.
The proceeds of an annual soccer tournament featuring the solicitors and barristers from the south west circuit were donated to St Gabriel’s last week by organiser and solicitor Derek Walsh of Keating Connolly Sellors, long a champion of the centre’s cause.
Derek, a keen runner who has used the hydrotherapy facilities in St Gabriel’s to recover from injury, said the Dooradoyle centre and school do “amazing work in the community”.
He said of the soccer tournament, which took place in the Delta Dome in November and featured about 50 solicitors and barristers, that it was “a great day out and it was competitive but fair and everyone had a good time.
“The important thing is that we raised the funds for St Gabriel’s and I think the Limerick Bar Association and Keating Connolly Sellors are delighted to support them in all the work they do,” he said.
“We are delighted to continue to support them,” he said.
Kate Sheahan, in charge of fundraising and development at St Gabriel’s, said the funds raised would go towards the development of the respite centre, which will be built in Mungret at a cost of €1m.
“Without Derek and others like him, we couldn’t make these projects happen,” she said.
“Our community partners are essential to St Gabriel’s,” she added.