THE death occurred recently of one of the great Cork Northside characters and gentlemen Mr Martin Dorney.
Martin was well known in the Basketball circles playing with the Blue Demons Club, and founder member, and coach of MayMount Club.
However, he will be remembered for being the face of the Mercy Hospital Children’s Leukemia Fund.
Martin also spent most of his life working in the pub’s in Blarney Street, but it’s the Shannon View Bar ( The Reject’s) Martin will be remembered as he struck up a great partnership with the owner of the bar Mr Tony Roddis.
In his youth, Martin was a member of the De Paul's Boys Club, Sunday's Well.
Here, Martin developed his love for sport – starting with basketball his first love and his unwavering support of the successful Blue Demons Basketball team.
Martin was a founding member & player of the May Mount Basketball Club that sprung from the De Paul’s Boys Club.
His other love was Cork Hurling where he spent a lot of time on the road following their highs and lows in the League and Championship.
Martin commenced his working life with an apprenticeship as a panel beater and worked for many years in the industry.
Later in life, he transitioned over to bar industry and continued this until his retirement.
It was during this time that he joined forces with the patrons of Shandon View Bar to establish the Children's Leukemia Darts Tournament.
All proceeds raised from the Darts tournaments were donated exclusively to The Mercy Hospital, Children’s Leukemia Ward.
In 1985 the darts team of Shandon View decided to organise a darts tournament to celebrate the Cork 800 anniversary.
The tournament welcomed teams from bars in the local area. £700 (pounds) was successfully raised from the tournament; however, no charity had been selected from the outset.
It was noted that Martin Dorney maintained a charity box collection at the Shandon View Bar, from loose coins that he found when cleaning the bar.
On inquiry, Martin advised that the charity box collection is shared with Sr. Fidelma for the Children of Leukemia Ward at the Mercy Hospital.
Martin explained why he chose this charity and the group agreed.
Martin was aware of the great initiative that Sr Fidelma of The Mercy Hospital was aiming to progress for the Childrens Unit, based on the challenges outlined below.
The £700 (punt) was donated to the Mercy Hospital, thus the Children's Leukemia Fund was founded.
33 years on and the fund has raised over €470,000.
Martin spent time as a patient of the Mercy Hospital and would often meet with staff of the Children’s ward to understand how the fundraising assisted the nursing team in their worthy work and benefited the children.
It also gave him the motivation to keep the darts tournament running and delivering much Martin was a founding member of the Shandon View Children’s Leukemia Fund.
He was the longest serving member on the committee, holding various roles throughout his tenure as Chairperson, Treasure and Tournament Planner.
The darts tournament were planned in conjunction with the Cork Darts Organisation, involving teams from local bars. The tournament was a success and raised much-needed funds for their chosen charity. Major recognition goes to the publicans, players and supporters that participated and personally donated to the fundraising on the tournament nights.
The Cork Darts Organisation inducted Martin into their Hall of Fame for his dedication and contribution to Cork Darts and notable fundraising achievements for the Children's Leukemia Fund.
Martin was very intelligent and thoroughly enjoyed great debates with his friends on any topic.
Martin was a truly generous & compassionate person, who gave silently without the expectation of praise or reward.
Martin had a large circle of friends and as a family we were overwhelmed by all the well wishes.
Martin was one of five siblings in the Dorney household. He was a wonderful brother and uncle to his many nieces & nephews.
May He Rest In Peace: