Thousands raised for accident victim in Bruff

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

ALL THE talk is of recession and budget cuts but that didn’t stop the people of Bruff, and surrounding parishes, digging deep to help buy a wheelchair accessible vehicle for a popular local man.

ALL THE talk is of recession and budget cuts but that didn’t stop the people of Bruff, and surrounding parishes, digging deep to help buy a wheelchair accessible vehicle for a popular local man.

Johnny Ryan, 23, suffered a severe spinal injury in a terrible accident during the summer. His work colleagues in A&E in the Regional and locals in Bruff organised the Crazy Fest Weekend to help.

Clancy’s and Derry’s were packed on Friday and Saturday nights and the rugby club was thronged on Sunday.

Their goal was to raise enough money for the car, and although all the sponsorship cards aren’t in yet one of the organisers, Kathleen Delaney, says they are confident of reaching their target.

“Everyone has been unbelievably generous. Lots of lads got their bodies waxed and they were in serious pain! Ger Hehir got his beard shaved after 35 years by Sinead McDonagh and people gave €400 for Jack Clancy shaving his moustache. We haven’t got a true figure yet because we have to get sponsorship cards back but we’re very hopeful we will have the price of the car,” said Ms Delaney, who thanked everyone involved - pub owners, rugby club, those who sponsored spot prizes, got their bodies waxed, the beauticians, hairdressers, GAA and everyone who donated money.

Johnny Ryan came down from the National Rehabilitating Hospital and attended all three events to show his appreciation.

Mr Ryan was said to be overwhelmed by the kindness of everybody. And the fundraising efforts aren’t over yet.

This Sunday, December 11 at 2pm in the Bruff GAA grounds a Bruff 15 take on an All-Star Limerick selection.

Ger Browne, chairman of Bruff GAA club, say they will have former and current Limerick stars togging out.

“Stephen McDonagh, Dave Clarke and hopefully Ciaran Carey and some of the current Limerick panel,” said Mr Browne. It is hoped that some Na Piarsaigh and Effin players will bring their County and Munster cups and play one more game after their long season.

Entry is only €5 and the Limerick panel have donated a signed jersey, which will be raffled. After the game finger food will be served to supporters and players in Derry’s and a poker classic takes place after 6pm.