FUNDRAISING events will be held in West Cork during the August bank holiday weekend in memory of a young man who died following a car accident last year.
The proceeds are earmarked for the Irish Community Air Ambulance service. The air ambulance provides safe and timely, nationwide emergency medical care to those seriously ill or injured.
19-year-old Tadhg Murphy, from Glengarriff, an apprentice plumber, was in a car accident with his friend, Michael Bowen, on the morning of August 3, 2020.
Tadhg was described as a wonderful young man, who loved his family and friends.
The community of Glengarriff, Adrigole, and beyond rallied around Tadhg’s family in the aftermath.
Two local boys, Luke Harrington and Fergal O’Sullivan, who were also in the accident, were saved. That and the support of the entire community have kept Tadhg’s family going through this painful year.
The family has decided to hold a fundraiser in aid of the Irish Community Air Ambulance to show their gratitude to them and in memory of Tadhg.
The fundraising will commence with a collection in Bantry town on Friday, July 30. A Gaelic football match between Glengarriff and Adrigole will be played later that evening, at 8.45pm in Adrigole.
On Saturday, July 31, a sponsored walk will take place from the Wild Atlantic Bar, Adrigole, to Glengarriff at 3pm. A raffle will be conducted in Glengarriff village after the walk.
The Irish Community Air Ambulance has responded to more than 1,000 incidents from its base in Rathcoole, County Cork, since it was established in July 2019.
The charity heli-med service is staffed by advanced paramedics and EMTs from the National Ambulance Service. It brings patients to the hospital that best suits their life-saving needs. Each mission costs an average of €3,500. The service is not government-funded and relies solely on fundraising.
Donations can be made to the fundraising events online via the following address: www.idonate.ie/memorialtadhgmurphy