21 gigs in one day in fundraiser for Jack O'Driscoll

21 gigs in one day in fundraiser for Jack O'Driscoll
Jack O’Driscoll, pictured in December. Picture Dan Linehan

A Cork man will perform 21 gigs in one day to promote his new song which he hopes will raise funds for Jack O’Driscoll, who was seriously injured during Storm Emma last year.

David Punch, Jack’s cousin, will perform his song ‘No Limits In Your Eyes’ at 21 different venues across Cork on May 16, the day the song is released.

Any funds raised from the song will go towards the Jack O’Driscoll fund.

Mayfield native Jack was out walking with friends at a local sports field on March 1 last year during Storm Emma, when he suffered a fall which resulted in him fracturing his C5 vertebrae in his neck.

The incident left Jack paralysed from the chest down.

The former St Mary’s captain was brought to Cork University Hospital but was transferred to the Mater Hospital in Dublin for surgery due to the severity of his injuries.

Jack has undergone rehabilitation in Dublin for the past year and only recently returned to Cork.

At present Jack is staying at a care facility in Mahon and hopes to return home in the coming weeks.

“I was in my final year in CIT when Jack was in his first year,” David told The Echo. “We’d be very close, we were always talking when we passed in the hallway.

“Jack was always heading off to training, he was very active. Obviously, the accident was a huge shock to the whole family and I wrote the song hoping it will raise some more funds for Jack to give him some of the things he needs.”

David said his music management classmates and teachers from CSN helped with his project.

“Everyone has been really helpful; we’re hoping the song will make a big impact and maybe get high in the charts. That would be amazing,” he said. “The song itself is about strength and hope, and it also includes Jack’s slogan onward and upwards.

“Jack turned 21 this year so that’s where the idea of playing 21 different venues came from,” he added. “It’d be great to see people get behind the song.”

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