Limerick GAA club helps two charities over holiday period

Donal O’Regan


Donal O’Regan

Teresa Nolan, Martin Crowe, Sheila and Denis Kennedy, of Doon GAA Club's lotto committee, presenting a cheque for �2,000 to Melissa Purcell of Milford
A GENEROUS County Limerick GAA club will be supporting not one but two charities over the festive period.

A GENEROUS County Limerick GAA club will be supporting not one but two charities over the festive period.

Doon GAA club donated a week’s takings of their lotto draw before Christmas and handed over a cheque for €2,000 to Milford Care Centre.

Chairman of Doon GAA Club lotto committee, Martin Crowe, said it is an initiative they started around 15 years ago.

“We’ve done it for various good causes and charitable organisations down through the years. We have been doing it every second or third year.

“For example the time of the tsunami we gave a week’s takings. Whenever there is a tragedy in the locality we do it as well,” said Mr Crowe.

As the jackpot stands at over €15,000 ticket sales are very high currently. The weekly sale for the draw of December 16 was increased further because people knew it was for Milford. It was close to €2,000 so the club made up the shortfall and handed over a cheque to Melissa Purcell, of Milford Care Centre.

The care and attention that loved ones get in Milford is second to none and Doon GAA Club were delighted to support their ongoing good work.

“Everyone has been there to visit someone at some stage,” said Mr Crowe.

And their charity initiatives aren’t finished yet.

The club celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2012 and on the first day of the year they organised a five mile road run/walk.

They gave all the proceeds to Pieta House - an organisation providing a specialised treatment programme for people who have suicidal ideation or who participate in self-harming.

The event attracted walkers and runners from all over East Limerick and across the border in Tipperary. Due to its success they decided to hold it again on New Year’s Day which falls on a Wednesday.

“There was a great turn-out and wonderful atmosphere last January 1,” said Mr Crowe.

Registration will commence at the GAA clubhouse from noon.

Walkers will start at 1pm and runners at 2pm. They are keeping the entry fee to a minimum so it’s just €10 to enter as a runner and €5 to walk the five miles.

The start and finish line will be at the GAA field. The route will take in the townlands of Clonlusk, Gurtavalla, Kilmoylan and Cooga.

To add a competitive edge they will have prizes for the first few runners past the finish line.

Again all proceeds will go to Pieta House. For more see Doon GAA Facebook page or email