BRUFF RFC handed over a giant cheque for €6,500 to Milford Care Centre in memory of a giant man - the late Alfie Laffan.
Alfie, from Baskethill, Pallasgreen, died from cancer last September aged just 33. His passing touched countless people as he was a larger than life character. People queued for over five hours at his removal to pay their respects and express their sympathies to the Laffan family.
Alfie won U16, U18, U20, senior All-Irelands, Munster Senior Cup and a Bateman Cup with Bruff, as well as being on the team that brought them into the First Division. Playing in the second row, Alfie was at the heart of everything.
His Bruff RFC teammates and management gave one last round of applause as he was brought to his final resting place. The club will never forget him and to celebrate his life they decided to collect money for Milford Care Centre.
Raffle tickets can be notoriously hard to sell but not in this case. It was for tickets to the Ireland versus England match in the Aviva and they raised €6,500.
Bruff RFC PRO, Seamus Sheahan said Alfie was a pure gentleman.
“He was a big character - you wouldn’t forget him if you met him. I didn’t have to leave the desk at work to sell them. When people heard it was for Alfie and Milford the wallets automatically opened up,” said Seamus.
Bruff RFC held a presentation in memory of their late friend and past club member. A large number of past and current players, club members and Alfie’s family attended the event.
Club president, Pat Dunne acknowledged the work of Mike O’Connor and Ger Malone for organising the fundraiser.
He also thanked Milford for the care they gave to Alfie in his short stay there and spoke to Alfie’s family about “a young man who will always be remembered fondly by everyone at Bruff RFC”.
Kilmallock supporters of Bruff RFC were represented at the function by Eamon Dowling, who unveiled the Alfie Laffan player of the year award. The award will be presented to Bruff’s young player of the year at the end of each season.
The first recipient is David O’Grady, from Knockainey.