Charity event raises €52,000 for hospice

THE inaugural Silvermines GAA Memorial Walk and Midnight Mass has raised in excess of €50,000 for the North Tipperary Hospice.

THE inaugural Silvermines GAA Memorial Walk and Midnight Mass has raised in excess of €50,000 for the North Tipperary Hospice.

The 24-hour walk, which took place on November 1, brought together hundreds of people from all over North Tipperary in a bid to raise funds for the hospice movement.

Speaking at the presentation of a cheque for €50,746 to the hospice at a presentation function in The Eagles Nest, Dolla on Tuesday evening, Silvermines GAA club chairman Maurice Leamy lauded all who assisted in raising what he described as a “phenomenal figure”.

“On behalf of the Silvermines GAA club and organising committee I would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to everyone who took part in the event and raised much needed funds for the hospice. We were overwhelmed by the show of support from people from the parish and from all over North Tipperary. I would like to extend our appreciation to everyone who helped us out in any way with what proved a hugely successful event,” he said.

“Hundreds of people braved inclement weather conditions to take part in the walk and the sense of community spirit over the two days was just unbelievable. It brought together our whole community not just to raise funds but to also remember family, friends and clubmates who have succumbed to this devastating disease,” he added.

Maurice’s sentiments were echoed by Silvermines PP, Fr Brendan Moloney, who described the walk and Midnight Mass as a “resounding success” and “one of the highlights” of his tenure as parish priest in the Silvermines.

“The sense of community spirit was overwhelming and to see everyone, both young and old, come together and unite to achieve their goal was incredible. It truly was a humbling experience and it was a privilege to be part of this event,” Fr. Moloney said.

Tributes were also paid to the late Ger Grace, a former Silvermines hurler, coach and mentor whose untimely passing provided the catalyst for the organising of the walk.

Mr Leamy and Fr Moloney paid tribute to the Grace family for allowing permission to organise the event in memory of the Ger, who died on June 18. Ger’s father, Danny, thanked all who had been involved in the organisation of the walk and praised the efforts of everyone involved.

Accepting the cheque on behalf of the hospice, chair of the Nenagh Branch of the North Tipperary Hospice, Kay O’Donoghue said she was “overwhelmed” at the effort put in by everyone in organising the event.

“To say I am bowled over by the final amount here tonight is an understatement,” she said. “It is a fantastic achievement to have raised such a phenomenal figure and on behalf of the hospice I would like to pay tribute to the Silvermines GAA club, the participants, the organising committee and the Grace famil