UP to 250 teams entered the Des Fitzgerald Injury Fund Golf Classic, which was played over four days at Charleville Golf Club starting on Tuesday of this week through to Friday.
G.A.A. clubs from all over County Cork, Limerick and Kerry, as well as businesses and individuals from the town and district and from the wider North Cork area participated in the fundraiser, organised by Charleville G.A.A. Club for injured hurler Des Fitzgerald.
Des suffered a serious spinal injury in the Cork County semi-final game against Kilbrin last October at Fr. Con Buckley Park in Buttevant. Since then he has been receiving treatment, initially in a Dublin hospital and then at the National Rehabilitation Centre in Dun Laoighre.
The number of teams entered in the golf classic is indicative of the popularity of the young player and his family not alone in Charleville but throughout the county and indeed the country at large.
Among the teams entered were three by Des Cahill of the RTE Sports Department who interviewed Des on his injury on RTE'S Morning Ireland programme, G.A.A. President Christy Cooney and two teams from the Kilkenny G.A.A. Club, Ballyraggett, who narrowly defeated the Charleville Junior team in the AllIreland final at Croke Park in February.