Tragic death of Zoë inspires fundraising effort in Abbeyfeale

Norma Prendiville


Norma Prendiville

Members of the Remembering Zo� commemorative weekend who recently presented the Hope Foundation with a cheque. Pictured are, left to right, John Collins, Michael Lane, Eddie Murphy, Alisha Scannell, Fr Joseph Foley, Francis Hayes and Charlotte Nagle
WHEN eight-year-old Zoë Scannell died tragically in a road traffic accident last June, a parish mourned.

WHEN eight-year-old Zoë Scannell died tragically in a road traffic accident last June, a parish mourned.

Now, that same parish of Abbeyfeale, in conjunction with people from neighbouring parishes, is putting huge efforts into remembering Zoë, by organising a series of events which will raise funds but will also be a testament to Zoë’s own, lively sense of fun, her zest for living and her boundless energy.

The Remembering Zoë weekend will take place in May.

On Saturday, May 16, starting at 10am, cyclists will take off from Fr Casey’s GAA club on a 105 kilometre journey bringing them through the eight neigbhouring parishes.

At 1pm, another bunch of cyclists will take to the roads for a shorter, 35-kilometre circuit of Abbeyfeale. To take part in either of these events, cyclists should contact John Collins (087) 2258808 or Tom O’Shaughnessy ( 087 ) 6820506. This will be followed on Sunday by a fun day with activities for all the family.

Meanwhile, boxing coach Micheal O’Brien from the Six Crosses, Listowel will hold an International Kickboxing fight night at the Devon Inn Hotel on Saturday, April 11 in aid of the Remembering Zoë fund. Michael, is a qualified IABA Boxing Coach with a Black Belt in Korean Kickboxing. He won a silver medal with the Irish team at the 2008 WKC World Kickboxing Championships and took a gold medal in the 2011 championships.

Tickets for the event are now on sale at the hotel and cost €20 but door tickets on the night will cost €25. VIP tickets are also on sale at €100 per head including a ringside seat, four-course meal and champagne.

This is the first event of its type ever held in the Abbeyfeale area and is certain to be an attraction for sporting enthusiasts. For further details contact Micheal on (087) 9154209.

All funds raised by the Remembering Zoë committee will be donated to Brú Columbanus who offer ‘home from home’ accommodation for the family of seriously ill patients in Cork hospitals, and to First Light who offer support to suddenly bereaved parents and families.

A donation has already been made to the Hope Foundation, before four students from Colaiste Ide agus Iosef travelled to Calcutta with the foundation.