A CHARITY football tournament created in memory of Limerick soccer player Dean O’Carroll who died of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome nearly two years ago hopes to raise several thousand euro for aid development charity Bóthar.
The United for Dean charity tournament - created by friends of the Greystones soccer player - has an international element this year, with events taking place in Australia, Limerick and Uganda, all to raise much needed funds for Bóthar.
A tournament has already taken place in Perth, hosted by ex-pats from Limerick, some of them friends of Dean’s. The second tournament will take place this weekend in Corbally and will feature a 32-team men’s tournament, an eight team women’s tournament and an eight team under-10 tournament, with local clubs providing the teams, explained Richie Kennedy, one of the organisers of the tournament.
Finally, Bóthar will carry out a football blitz in Uganda in the coming months and the organisers hope to collect jerseys, medals and balls to send out to Africa for the tournament.
“We have already raised about €1,600 online with donations from Australia, America, the UK and Ireland,” explained Mr Kennedy, from the Shelbourne Road in the city.
“We have 32 teams playing in Seanchoill in Corbally at the weekend and everything has been sponsored so we would hope to raise the same again from that tournament,” he added.
Last year the organisers of the tournament raised €1,000 for the Oncology Unit of the Maternity Hospital and they hope to raise in the region of €5,000 for Bóthar this year.
A charity night will take place in Foxy’s Bar on Sunday night with live music, entertainment and a raffle. See ‘United for Dean’ on Facebook for more details.