Legacy of Limerick GAA legend’s charity work continues after his passing

Donal O’Regan

Reporter:

Donal O’Regan

IN LIFE Eddie Prendeville did a lot for charities, and in death that legacy continues.

IN LIFE Eddie Prendeville did a lot for charities, and in death that legacy continues.

The Caherconlish man has the unique distinction of having played minor, under 21, intermediate and senior hurling with Limerick.

He moved to Fedamore after marrying his beloved wife, Eileen

Mr Prendeville was involved in countless organisations and helped found the Fedamore Harriers.

The sound of the bugle rang out when he was laid to rest in March 2011.

The hunt formed a committee to honour him and held the Eddie Prendeville memorial walk and cycle in May. One hundred and 75 took part and collected money from sponsorship cards. One of the organising committee, Andrew Clohessy, said they set out to raise around €5,000.

Instead, they have just handed over a cheque for €15,648 in Dorans Pride Pub to Milford Care Centre.

“We had all the club committee involved and there were events in the parish.

“People outside the parish involved in the club helped as well. We got donations from €100 to €500 and nearly everything was sponsored,” said Mr Clohessy.

He said there were two reasons people were so kind.

“When people heard the name Eddie Prendeville and that it was for Milford Hospice they were very generous.

“A lot of people had visited him in Milford when he was there and they saw the set up and fantastic care he got,” said Mr Clohessy.

One hundred men and women took part in the 10k walk and a further 75 cyclists entered a 50k cycle.

They left Fedamore, went in to Croom, then Bruff, on to Ballyneety and home to Fedamore. The walk or cycle wouldn’t have been a problem for Mr Prendeville.

The GAA legend ran miles on the pitch and off it walked for miles canvassing for his great friend Peadar Clohessy.

The former councillor and TD, Peadar Clohessy said: “He contributed enormously to the welfare of Fedamore parish. He was in everything - you name it he was involved with it. He did a lot for charity too. He was a lovely person,”

A huge crowd were at the cheque presentation to St Phyllis, of Milford Care Centre, in Dorans Pride pub, Fedamore.

Mr Prendeville’s wife Eileen, son James, daughters Patricia and Anne attended the evening.

On behalf of the Fedamore Harriers, Andrew Clohessy wished to thanked all the sponsors, participants and everyone involved in making the walk and cycle such a big success. They are already planning the event for 2013.