WE’RE taking this opportunity to acknowledge the incredible contribution that units of Cork GAA, camogie and ladies football are making to society at this time.
From the very outset of this Covid-19 crisis, many clubs went into help mode and in a variety of different ways ensured that the vulnerable in their communities didn’t go without medical supplies or shopping.
Here I will concentrate on the various fundraising events undertaken. I have endeavoured to mention the events I’m aware of and I’ve no doubt I missed out on a few. If that is the case, please let me know on Twitter.
In each of the events, an individual or group came up with the idea and in the vast majority of situations the local communities bought in big time. The feelgood factor from a physical and a mental health point of view was enormous. Using social media added value by introducing some competitive elements and they became focal points of many communities. It’s also worth noting that many club members who now live in other parts of the world were also actively involved.
According to our ‘unaudited accounts’ the figure which includes money raised at the time of writing was €557,800, well over half a million.
Adrigole: A large number of their community crawled, ran or walked within their 2km radius raising €10,000 for Marymount.
Aghada: The adult players took it upon themselves to raise money for Pieta House in February by swimming each day prior to the full lockdown. Not the best weather
Argideen Rangers/Ballinascarthy: Ciaran Deasy created the concept of “121 miles for 121 beds” to raise funds for Clonakilty Community Hospital. More than 40 lads agreed to run 5km within their own 2km catchment area. Horns were beeped and neighbours voiced their support as they raised €6,000.
Ballincollig: One of the club’s hurlers James Lenihan cycled continuously for nine hours and raised in excess of €7,000 for Pieta house. As part of the fundraiser the club coffee dock An Cumann Tae, in conjunction with the popular local outlet Nosh and Coffee, donated all proceeds on the day and over €1,500 was raised.
Ballydesmond and Kiskeam: These two clubs joined forces for a collective fundraiser with a twist, to determine the fittest GAA club in the division. Over three days, 23 mens and ladies GAA teams took part with a total participation of 639 individuals as 40,835km was covered.
The real winners were all who participated and the following charities, Millstreet Community Hospital, Kanturk Community Hospital, ICRR Air Ambulance Rathcoole and the Burren Chernobyl Project. A serious sum of €35,100 was raised.
Bantry Blues: Over a 24-hour period, more than 300 people participated in a run/walk for Pieta Hse raising €11,000.
Bishopstown: This club’s fundraiser was titled The #bishopstowngaarun4cf, a virtual run from Malin to Mizen. Club PRO Diarmuid Vaughan had his head shaved. Cystic Fibrosis Ireland will receive more than €22,000.
Boherbue: More than 260 people took part in a walk/run raising €9,000 for Pieta House. A number of Cork senior players and from last year’s U20 team helped to promote it.
Brian Dillons: A recent walk/run organised by them raised €4,200 for Pieta House.
Castlehaven: This event involved cycling, walking and running raised €14,000 for both Bantry and Skibbereen hospitals.
Castletownbere: This initiative also had the support of the other clubs in the Beara division. The Castletownbere Intermediate panel completed a 24-hour run logging 470.8km. €6,050 will go to Pieta House.
Carrigaline: Footballer Stephen Deane got more than 50 players from the GAA, camogie and ladies football clubs who ran for 72 hours. Each player had at max three runs with one completed in the hours of darkness. Many members and families got on board as €29,000 was raised for Pieta House.
Clonakilty: 200 adult members did 30 minutes of exercise within their 2km limit. €10,300 was raised for Clonakilty Community Hospital.
Cobh: Both Junior panels lead a Facebook live event featuring Cian Spriggs, Conor McLoughlin, Páidí and Diarmuid Kearney, Niall Spriggs, Sean Damery and Tony O’Donovan. This unique event raised €2,700 for Cobh Community Hospital.
Clyda Rovers/Mourneabbey: The panels competed to see who would run the distance from Mourneabbey to Croke Park and back the quickest (512km). The funds were for the DoItForDan Trust, to the tune of €4,118.
Delanys: This northside club have been very involved in helping their community at this time. Recently they held a sleep out in Delany Park at the bottom of Dublin Hill for Focus Ireland. The park has 28 houses and the majority of families slept outside in tents to highlight this great cause and raised €3,600.
Dohenys: Their Mizen to Malin Fundraiser raised €12,000 for Pieta House and Dunmanway Hospital.
Douglas Camogie and Ladies Football: The two clubs combined to organise a 5k on the May Bank Holiday in aid of of Cork ARC Cancer Support House, in memory of Aoife Downey; €12,000 was generated.
Éire Óg: This club organised a Dawn to Dusk run for Pieta House which raised €15,000.
Gabriel Rangers: 150 people ran or walked for one hour over a 24-hour period. They covered 1,153km and raised €4,700 for Pieta.
Glen Rovers Camogie: Another club that has been very active, generated €2,084 for Marymount.
Glenville: A large number of club personnel took part in a shave or dye project, raising €7,020 for Pieta House.
Ilen Rovers: The title for this club’s fundraiser was Malin to Baltimore Go Fund Me Wild Atlantic 2,600km Challenge. The senior footballers were the driving force as 382 participated with 646 trips logged covering a distance of 7,838km. Co-Action West Cork will get €8,260.
Kilbrittain: At 5am earlier this month, club hurler Ross Cashman organised a 5K walk and run which raised €7,755 in aid of Pieta Hse.
Kilmeen and Kilbree: The virtual running event by this club raised €7,400 for Clonakilty Community Hospital.
Kinsale: The GAA, Camogie and Ladies football club organised a successful 5km event for Pieta House. Approximately 300 people raised in excess of €10,000.
Knocknagree: Their successful DoItForDan venture raised in excess of €16,000 in late April.
Macroom: The club and its friends are attempting to walk around the world in less days than Phileas Fogg from the Jules Verne classic Around the World in 80 Days. The idea is to get people/families active and raise money for the children’s ward in Cork University Hospital and the Muskerry Special Olympics. So far they have raised €2,500 and counting.
Mallow: The hurlers and footballers each covered 19km to raise much-needed funds for three local charities: Mallow Search & Rescue, St Vincent de Paul and Autism Assistance Dogs. The fund stands at €15,000 so far.
Mitchelstown: This event involved all members of the intermediate football panel completing 40x100m sprints — a total distance from the north Cork town to Páirc Uí Chaoimh and back. They raised €10,000 for a local Mitchelstown charity called Special Friends, which supports children with special needs and works towards a better level of social inclusion for the kids along with respite for the parents.
Nemo Rangers: On Sunday last, they organised a 5K cycle/run/walk in memory of Ger Kiely raising funds for Marymount. At the time of writing that stood at €18,000.
Newmarket: They aimed to cover 500km in one day by either running or walking. Each participant was given a minimum distance of 5km or 10km to complete. Once completed, each individual sent on a screenshot of the distance covered. A total of 980.2km was covered by 146 participants including nine former inter-county stars such as Briege Corkery, Deirdre O’Reilly, Doireann O’Sullivan and Jamie Barron; €9,450 was raised for Dan Dooher.
Newcestown and Tadhg MacCarthaigh: These clubs took part in a joint venture involving more than 70 individuals to decide which one would run more in a week. They raised €4,000 for the DoItForDan Fund.
O’Donovan Rossa: They organised a run for Pieta House, raising €3,500 and covering 3,000km.
Ross Ladies: This Rosscarbery-based Ladies Club did a fundraiser for Clonakilty Community Hospital titled 121 reps per day for a week for the 121 beds in the hospital. €5,000 and counting is heading their way.
St Colum’s: More than 100 club members participated in a 500km journey by whatever method they wished, bringing in over €2,500 for the Jack and Jill Foundation and Bantry Hospital.
St Finbarr’s, in association with Greenwood FC, Everton FC, Pearse Celtic FC, Dunbar Celtic FC, Lough Rovers GAA, Togher Boxing Club, with collection boxes in local businesses, ran a Darkness into Light fundraiser. Hundreds took part with over four million steps covered during the day. In excess of €24,000 was raised for Pieta House.
St Michael’s: The club in conjunction with former player Ken O’Connell, aka Kenny Live, held an online gig in his home which was streamed live on the club’s Facebook page to over 1,500 people. €12,200 was contributed to purchase PPE for St Luke’s Home in Blackrock and the Mercy University Hospital. The key people in organising the event were Sarah Carroll, Leah Coughlan and Michael Morrissey.
St Mary’s GAA and Enniskeane Camogie: Players from both clubs came up with the idea of co-ordinating a 24-hour marathon to cover as many kilometres as possible. In the end, 96 players took part across two teams, Fineen Rovers and Derrigra Wanderers. A late surge on Sunday evening saw Derrigra Wanderers come out victors in that one. In all 450 people to part covering a combined distance of 6,000km and €16,818 came through for Pieta House.
St Val’s Ladies Football Club: This Mid Cork club raised €25,605 for Pieta House by organising a 5K run/walk titled Run For Sinéad in memory of a former player Sinéad Plunkett.
Rathpeacon: One of the club’s younger members Ellie Murphy, completed a successful fundraiser for Marymount Hospice. Ellie cycled 30k by completing laps of the Rathpeacon area. A total of €4,005 was raised.
Russell Rovers: The jerseys of some of the teams from this club carry the name Pieta House across their chest already. The intermediate hurlers all did a 5km run as did a number of people from the communities of Ballycotton, Churchtown and Shanagarry. In all over 200 people participated and raised €11,200 for their chosen charity.
Valley Rovers: Here the club donated €3,400 the proceeds of a Sports Prediction Fundraiser to the ICU department at CUH.
Youghal: The players and management of the premier intermediate hurling team organised a 24-hour run raising in excess of €9,200 for the Cancer Unit of the Mercy Hospital.
Cork Senior Hurlers: The players and management lead by captain Patrick Horgan organised a ‘Solo Run For Marymount’ and brought in €72,500.
Cork Camogie: Their U16 team ran 11 marathons in 16 days raising €1,500 for the Irish Cancer Society.
West Cork U16 Football Development Squad: Here 38 players and management soloed from Páirc Uí Chaoimh to Croke Park. They generated €6,905 for Lisheens House and Jigsaw.
A host of other clubs have events coming up between now and the June Bank Holiday weekend, including the Cork footballers. Other clubs such as St Oliver Plunkett’s, Ballinora, Blarney, Cloughduv, Diarmuid Ó Mathúna’s, Killeagh, Kildorrery and Funcheon Gaels, Mayfield, Randal Óg and Valley Rovers’ U15 footballers.
We live in an amazing county.