DEIRDRE AGAIN DOES LIMERICK PROUD: Deirdre O’Doherty- an Ennis-based community Garda recently took part in the Limerick Charity Boxing Club Tournament to raise much needs funds for Brú Columbanus. At the end of an intensive 12 week training programme, it was time to put the gloves on for real. Deirdre learned how to box and climbed into the ring on Fight Night in front of her family, friends and work colleagues, to box for Brú Columbanus. Brú Columbanus is a small independent charity that provides accommodation free of charge to the relatives of seriously ill patients in Cork Hospitals and the Hospice, especially relatives of sick children. It was necessary for Deirdre to raise €500 to enter the competition, which took place in the Corpus Christi Boxing Club, Moyross, Limerick and her opponent was to raise a further €500 – the winning person then got to donate €1000 to their chosen charity. The competiton is organised by the Limerick Charity Boxing Club and 100% of proceeds go to the chosen charities. Deirdre went above and beyond this and raised €2,642 in total for Bru Columbanus. Deirdre held a very successful spinathon in Ennis, had sponsorship cards and received many donations. Deirdre said, “ I was delighted with the support I received from family, friends and colleagues in an Garda Siochana. I would like to thank everyone so much for their support, including: The Corpus Christ Boxing Club coaches, Declan Fitzgerald, Jeff Fitzgerald, Laura Ahern, Dom McNamara, Emma Gallagher, Dara Moore and Gary Kirwan for organising and training competitors for this event, Tri-Fit, Limerick for lending us the spinning bikes for the spinathon and Clare Spring Water.”
The reason Deirdre chose Brú Columbanus to benefit from her fundraising efforts was Deirdre’s sister, Rita was diagnosed with a tumour in the year 2000, when she was just 17. Rita was treated in Cork University Hospital, her family obviously wanted to be close to her to support her during her illness, so they travelled to Cork with her and stayed in hotels and B & B’s for a number of years. In 2005, Brú Columbanus opened its doors and welcomed its first guests. Deirdre’s parents stayed in Bru Columbanus on a number of occasions from 2005/2006 until 2011, when Rita was receiving treatment in Cork University Hospital. The family were extremely grateful for the accommodation they received and always had it in mind to fundraise for the charity. Brú Columbanus is completely reliant on donations and fundraising initiatives, to cover the runnings costs of the house. Brú Columbanus provides 26 en-suite family rooms, with a supporting kitchen and lounges, where families can meet other families who are in similar situations and can lend support and understanding to each other and draw on their shared experiences. Brú Columbanus is conveniently situated at Cardinal Way, Wilton, Cork adjacent to Cork University Hospital and the Wilton shopping centre. Access from the house to any of the Cork Hospitals or the hospice, can be done with ease. Each day, families in need of accommodation are referred to Brú through the clinical nurse manager, staff nurse or social worker. They determine if the family meets the criteria for admission. Anne-Maria O’Connor, Event Manager, Brú Columbanus “We are absolutely delighted with the amount Deirdre has raised for our charity, as this will truly help us to continue to provide this invaluable service. Brú Columbanus is committed in continuing to provide ongoing support and practical help for those in genuine need, while their loved one is seriously ill.”
Incidentally, back in January 2009, Deirdre was awarded the Gary Sheehan Memorial Medal, as the best all round recruit at her graduation ceremony in Templemore. The Gary Sheehan Memorial Medal, commemorates a recruit Garda, who was killed on duty in Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim in December, 1983.
BLOOD DONOR CLINIC: There will be a Blood Donor Clinic at the Greenhills Hotel, Caherdavin on Wednesday, August 28 from 5pm to 8pm.
LIMERICK GOING FOR GOLD JUDGES ANNOUNCED: Limerick Going for Gold announced that Caroline Curley of Limerick City Council, David Hurley of The Limerick Leader newspaper and National Tidy Towns adjudicator Nick Condon will judge the Tidy Towns category of this year’s competition. Organised by Limerick City Council in association with the JP McManus Charitable Foundation, Limerick Going for Gold encourages businesses, community groups and individuals to improve their areas by getting involved in the National Tidy Towns Competition and generally improving their areas and reducing the impact of litter across the City. The Going for Gold Tidy Towns Category is well underway with live interviews taking place on Live 95FM with accompanying weekly coverage in the Limerick Leader, Limerick Chronicle and Limerick Post newspapers. The three additional competition categories include Community Challenge, Individual Merit and Most Beautiful Front Garden, the closing date for which has been extended to Tuesday, August 22. The newly announced judges met with the Mayor of Limerick Cllr Kathleen Leddin in King John’s Castle. Mayor Leddin stated: “I would like to thank the judges for their contribution to the Limerick Going for Gold Campaign. Judging is never an easy task and I am grateful to them for taking on this ask. There is great work going on within communities across the city - Judging ‘Limerick Going for Gold’ 2013 will be a real challenge.” The Going for Gold judges have a number of important duties, the first of which will be to pick four Wild Card Finalists in the Going for Gold Tidy Towns category. These Wild Cards will be chosen from those who do not win the Weekly Text Votes on Live 95FM over the next few weeks. Following this, it will be up to the judges to adjudicate all nine Limerick Going for Gold Tidy Towns category finalists (5 from text votes / 4 wildcards). The Limerick Going for Gold Grand Final takes place in September and will feature the founder of the ILoveLimerick website, Richard Lynch, as the master of ceremonies. The overall winner of the Tidy Towns category will be decided based on 50% Tidy Towns marks and 50% judges’ marks. For further information on Going for Gold, please visit www.limerick.ie/goingforgold /www.facebook.com/limerickgoingforgold or contact the Going for Gold office at 061-407225 /firstname.lastname@example.org.