An Garda Síochána
The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
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16th May 2010, at 2pm, Shelbourne Park will bear witness to
an historical event of biblical proportions. The 'Monks of Moyross'
will take on the Gardaí in a soccer Charity Cup Match
to raise money for Irish Cancer Research and Special Olympics.
resident and organiser of the charity event, Jamie Daly, explains
was talking one day with my good friend and neighbour, Fr. Paulus
of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, I was reminiscing about
my grandmother, Mary McMahon (nee O'Connell) and how she died
in Milford Hospice when I was a child. I was telling Fr. Paulus
about my grandmother's generosity and kindness and how much
of a character she was. Suddenly it dawned on me that the terrible
moans and groans that I used to hear while visiting her were
from other people dying of cancer. Fr. Paulus suggested that
with my success in coaching the Moyross B team that I might
be able to organise something"
got me thinking about other people and I recalled a good friend
I had when I lived in England, Seán McManus. Sean was
a great character and would always greet you with a hug. Seán
had Downs Syndrome and always talked about taking part in the
Special Olympics. I decided to organise an event to raise money
for both charities."
"I started talking
about it with my friend, Andrew Keogh, who's mother died from
cancer, and before I knew it there was overwhelming support
for the event (I've been organising events in Moyross since
I was 12 but this must be the biggest one yet)."
"As a member
of the Moyross Residents' Alliance (MRA) I raised the matter
at a committee meeting and the MRA agreed to sponsor the event
with support from Limerick Regeneration Watch"
"We formed a
sub-committee to better organise the event: Chair, Jamie Daly;
Vice-Chair, Andrew Keogh; Treasurer, Bernie Leech; PRO, Dean
Quinn (085 24 06 308)"
"I was born
in Moyross and I am proud of my home and my family. I am often
upset by the way in which Moyross is portrayed in the media
as a no-go gangland area; this does not reflect the majority
of people who live here"
"On the day
we will have Moyross hero, Bobby Ryan (formerly of Dunfermline
Athletic now with Galway United) and Keith Errols (who plays
rugby for Munster and Ireland) hopes to be available for the
event. Pat Shortt has agreed to coach the Monks and there are
a lot more celebrities and special guests to be confirmed.
"It is my hope
that this event will do more than just raise money for Cancer
Research and Special Olympics, it is my hope that it will demonstrate
to the wider community in Limerick that Moyross is a community
"I would like
to thank the main sponsors of the event, the Moyross Resident's
Alliance, Limerick City Taxi's and Hassette's Sports Bar for
helping to kick-start things by donating over €2,000. I
would also like to thank the Moyross B-Team for all their support,
Limerick City Council and Shelbourne AFC for use of the pitch,
and thanks to the Northside Regeneration Agency for the use
of their board room to hold meetings, printing the leaflets
and paying for the souvenir programme that will be available
on the day.
For Further information
contact Jamie Daly: 086 086 40 94
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