All Star line-up for Cliona’s Foundation fundraiser

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Brendan Ring, founder of Cliona's Foundation, with GAA personality Marty Morrissey who will be MC at the night in Bulgaden Castle on January 24
WITH a line-up to rival a night at the All Stars, this year’s fundraiser for Cliona’s Foundation is set to be its biggest yet with box office GAA personality Marty Morrissey and the Limerick hurling and camogie teams among the special guests.

WITH a line-up to rival a night at the All Stars, this year’s fundraiser for Cliona’s Foundation is set to be its biggest yet with box office GAA personality Marty Morrissey and the Limerick hurling and camogie teams among the special guests.

The eighth annual celebratory night will take place on Saturday, January 24 at 8pm in Bulgaden Castle outside Kilmallock.

“It promises to be another amazing night with a great opportunity to come and meet some of Limerick’s sporting heroes,” said Brendan Ring, founder of Cliona’s Foundation.

Special guests include RTE Sport commentator Marty – who will act as MC on the night – Limerick senior hurling manager TJ Ryan, members of the Limerick senior hurling team, members of the Limerick women’s and girls’ All-Ireland winning camogie and football teams, and Irish rugby international Joy Neville.

“It’s fantastic to have Marty coming along and we have TJ Ryan and Joy Neville as well, who are going to be announced as two additional ambassadors to Cliona’s Foundation,” said Brendan.

“At the moment, we have Leanne Moore and Davy Russell but we are now adding TJ and Joy to the line-up as well because we have more activities happening so we need more people to support us.”

“We will have many of the hurlers in attendance including the two All Stars Seamus Hickey and Shane Dowling.

“We were anxious to continue the success of City of Culture in relation to the Limerick name and flying the flag high, particularly on the GAA side of things, and that’s why we thought we would have the Limerick teams.”

There will also be live music by Nightfall, finger food and numerous raffle prizes on the night.

There is a major prize to be won on the night in the main raffle which includes two Munster hurling final tickets and two All-Ireland hurling final tickets with accommodation included for the All-Ireland hurling final.

There is also a special door prize on the night where everybody who attends the event will be entered in a special draw to win two tickets to see The Script with Pharrell Williams in Croke Park in June.

Tickets are priced at €10 per adult or €20 for a family ticket.

“A family can be any number - they will get in on the one pass but they will all be entered into the draw,” Brendan explained.

In 2007, Terry and Brendan Ring founded Cliona’s Foundation following the death of their daughter Cliona in 2006, who died from an inoperable brain tumour.

Terry and Brendan founded Cliona’s Foundation as a non-profit Irish charity to help keep Cliona’s memory alive by helping families with a child suffering from a life-threatening illness.

“It’s our flagship night for Cliona’s Foundation,” said Brendan.

“There are more and more people becoming aware of it now with the hospital situation - there are nearly two applicants a week now. The charity has grown quite a lot, particularly over the last 18 to 24 months.”

For tickets for the event on January 24 contact Alli on 061-400640 or email allison@clionasfoundation.ie