The son of a renowned Limerick and Irish rugby hero has presented the Mater Hospital with a cheque for over €21,000 in dedication to his late father.
Colm Tucker, son of the famous Irish and Lions flanker of the same name, presented Mary Moorehead, chief executive of the Mater Foundation, with a cheque for €21,760. The funds were raised by organising a golf classic in Kilkee in July.
Said Mary: “We’re specifically allocating the funds to St Cecilia’s ward which is the heart and lung ward of the hospital and looks after patients either waiting for heart and lung transplants or patients who are in post-op recovery.”
The UL Bohemians senior teams coach expanded: “For the last three years of my father’s life he was cared for by this unit in Dublin. He was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis so he came under their watch for the last stage of his life.” Colm added: “The nurses there were just fantastic with him so we felt that a golf classic and a donation to the hospital would be a great way to show our support for the work the people in that ward do.”
Mary was “overwhelmed” with the idea by Colm to raise funds for the hospital: “It is such a great tribute to people who have passed away in the hospital. To raise this amount of money is unbelievable, the staff themselves were so moved by the gesture.”
Colm Snr was a well known rugby player and boasts an accolade-filled career: “My father played with Shannon throughout his life, with Munster when they beat the All Blacks in 1978, he had three caps for Ireland and had two tests with the Lions when they toured South Africa in 1980,” Colm said.
A total of 67 teams from all over the country took part in the golf classic. Colm continued: “The classic was a major success. It was held in Kilkee on the 6th and 7th of July and the response we got was absolutely fantastic.”
Mary also praised the dedication of the golfers themselves: “When I heard the number of people playing in the golf classic on a day with such poor weather conditions it just shows you their commitment.”
A team from the Horse and Hound Bar were the outright winners of the competition.
Fellow organisers Thady Coughlan, Jim Lynch and John Tucker were delighted with the turnout on the day of the classic. Said Jim: “So many people got behind us on the day and lots of well-known personalities showed their face. Christie Cantillon, Pat Whelan and Jimmy Bowen were just a handful of well-known people to attend.”