Blade-Aid: Fencing club raises funds for St Gabriel’s School and Centre

En garde: Kate Sheahan, St Gabriel's School and Centre; Madonna Duggan, Blades Fencing; and a masked Roisin Bennett, Blades Fencing, with the donation for St Gabriels
LIMERICK’S newest sporting club is making a point of making friends with the neighbours with a fundraising coffee morning for St Gabriel’s School and Centre in Dooradoyle.

LIMERICK’S newest sporting club is making a point of making friends with the neighbours with a fundraising coffee morning for St Gabriel’s School and Centre in Dooradoyle.

Blades Fencing and Pentathlon Club has recently begun life in Limerick and was initially set up as an outlet for young people looking for an alternative to mainstream team sports. It caters for those too young to join the fencing club at the University of Limerick and 12-to-18-year-olds practice every Monday night (6.30pm) at Crescent College Comprehensive. And adult members can now also thrust and parry to their hearts’ content on Tuesdays at the same time.

The recently formed club has held a coffee morning in aid of St Gabriel’s which organisers Roisin Bennett, South Circular Road, and Madonna Duggan, Cappagh, said members were delighted to support “as the money will help towards the running costs of St Gabriel’s hydrotherapy pool”.

Kate Sheahan expressed the school’s gratitude for the €375 donation she was delighted to accept on the tip of a blade.

“The pool is an essential resource for children and adults with a range of disabilities who are reporting great benefits from using it,” Ms Sheahan said.

St Gabriel’s School and Centre provides education and a range of essential health-related therapies and interventions for up to 400 children and young adults living with physical disabilities; sensory or developmental delay or more serious life-limiting conditions. And almost 50 children with very special needs from across the Mid-West region attend the school.

Meanwhile, those interested in getting involved with Blades Fencing Club can get in touch with Roisin Bennett on 086 8366887.