Limerick man gets ready to sleep in a skip for charity

Donal O’Regan


Donal O’Regan

MEN AND women in North East Limerick will go to any lengths to raise money for charity.

MEN AND women in North East Limerick will go to any lengths to raise money for charity.

In July, Claudia O’Donnell camped in a tent for two nights in the Red Deer in Pallasgreen for a little boy with a rare disease, now Mike Mulcahy is to spend 24 hours in a skip in Oola.

It is part of a festival this weekend - August 10 to 12 - in Oola to raise money for the Alzheimer Society of Ireland.

Mike, along with his teddy bear, pyjamas and sleeping bag, will head in to the skip after Oola play Croom in the intermediate football championship on Friday night.

The skip, kindly provided free of charge by William Fitzgerald Skip Hire, will be situated in the middle of the village close to the monument.

Buckets will be beside the skip for people to donate and also drop in bric-a-brac. There is no chance of generous Mike getting bored as he will be taken for a spin on Saturday.

“We’re putting the skip up on a low trailer and visiting local towns like Doon, Cappamore, Cappawhite and Pallas,” said chairman of Oola GAA club, Peter Gardiner.

We will also be collecting bric-a-brac, which will be sold on Sunday to raise money for Alzheimers.

“There are a lot of people in the locality with the disease and all the profits will be going to Alzheimers,” said Peter, who asks for any saleable goods to be dropped in.

There will also be bucket collections on Saturday where traffic is stopped. And there will be no shortage of stalled traffic due to the “temporary” traffic lights at Oola bridge which have been there for over a year and a half. The bridge is to be replaced at the end of the month.

The main event - sports and fun day - takes place on Sunday.

Registration for a bike rally starts at 11am and a vintage car show will commence from noon in the GAA grounds. The events start from 2pm.

“We begin with a taekwondo demonstration by the local club, a dog show, rings, duck pond, all kinds of races for children, Aunt Sally game and long puck.

“At 4pm the tug of war takes place and there are 16 teams entered so far. That will be great fun,” said Peter.

In honour of their Olympian, Michael Ryan “Minor” who represented his parish and county with pride in London, they have organised a show jumping event.

“Michael has been a great supporter and will be there if he doesn’t have a competition. Michael’s brother, Pat, will set up fences and give a display of show jumping. We will also have ponies,” said Peter.

Mike Mulcahy will be back with the skip as they sell all the bric-a-brac they have collected. Peter is urging people to come to Oola’s GAA grounds on Sunday to enjoy the fun and games and support Mike for sacrificing his bed for a skip.

The Alzheimer Society’s network includes over 100 dementia specific services such as day care centres, home care, carer support groups, social clubs, national respite centre and advocacy service.