TEN MONTHS ago Martin Butler was struck across the head by an assailant armed with a samurai sword in Cappawhite.
Very popular in Doon and both sides of the county border, Mr Butler had been playing cards in his local pub moments before the attack and was a completely innocent victim.
He spent months recovering in hospitals from his serious injuries. Despite being discharged from hospital he still has a long road to recovery.
To support Mr Butlerâ€™s journey a committee of people from Cappawhite and Doon organised a race night. It raised over â‚¬40,000 for the highly respected former soldier.
Around 800 attended the event in Cappawhite Community Centre on Friday, January 18. Vice-chairman, Dan Ryan (P), said the committee of over 30 was formed last September.
â€œI thought initially if we got â‚¬15,000 it would be fantastic,â€ said Mr Ryan. While all the money hasnâ€™t been collected it is expected to be over â‚¬40,000.
Forty six race cards were filled up by supporters. Businesses sponsored the races and the programme was full of ads.
An auction featured signed jerseys, holidays and even a corporate trip to a Man Utd match.
â€œWe had 100 volunteers out selling in parishes in Limerick and Tipperary. We had fantastic support from every place,â€ said Mr Ryan. Once all the money is collected it will go into a trust fund in a bank for Martinâ€™s continuing rehab, medical needs and speech therapy.
A brother of Martinâ€™s, Tom, said the Butler family were overwhelmed by the generosity and wished to thank the organising committee and everyone involved.