Wednesday 28 January 2015

GAA girl puts tragedy in past to boost organ donations

Published 24/06/2014 | 02:30

Dual sports star, Louise Galvin, is organising Alan’s Sports Extravaganza in memory of her boyfriend. Photo: Eamonn Keogh
Alan Feeley: died in November

SHE has endured the unimaginable grief of her boyfriend's sudden death, but Kerry football star, Louise Galvin, is hoping to create something good from her tragedy and save other lives.

Alan Feeley (28) died suddenly of a brain haemorrhage in November, just two days after playing football with Claremorris GAA club.

The death of the popular PE teacher shocked the community in Mayo and in Doon, Co Limerick, where he taught at Scoil na Trionoide Naofa.

Louise and Alan's family have put their energy into organising Alan's Sports Extravaganza, which will take place at the University of Limerick on August 2.

Louise, a dual sporting star with the Kerry Ladies Football and UL's Super League basketball team, says: "We wanted to raise awareness about the importance of sport and activity, raise awareness about organ donation and commemorate Alan as well."

Six of Alan's organs were donated following his death, saving the lives of five people.

After Alan's death, the Irish Kidney Association reported an eight to 10-fold increase in the number of people requesting organ donor cards, particularly in Mayo and Limerick.

Tickets will also be available for the gala ball until the end of this month, with legendary GAA commentator Micheal O Muircheartaigh as MC.

Further information on Alan's Sports Extravaganza is at www.alanfeeley.com

Irish Independent

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