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Sunday 20 August 2017

Students' Sports Fiesta raises €2,000 in memory of Chris

Students at Gorey Community School presented €2,000 to the Asthma Sosiety of Ireland. Front row: Vincent Quinlan, Sinead Casey, Sophie Tuffs, Kayleigh Redmond, Rebecca Gleeson and Michael Duke. Back row: Michael Finn, principal; Michael Martin, father of the late Chris Martin; Ellen O' Connor, Eoin Molloy, Averil Power, chief executive, Asthma Society of Ireland and Frank Duke, deputy principal
Students at Gorey Community School presented €2,000 to the Asthma Sosiety of Ireland. Front row: Vincent Quinlan, Sinead Casey, Sophie Tuffs, Kayleigh Redmond, Rebecca Gleeson and Michael Duke. Back row: Michael Finn, principal; Michael Martin, father of the late Chris Martin; Ellen O' Connor, Eoin Molloy, Averil Power, chief executive, Asthma Society of Ireland and Frank Duke, deputy principal

A Sports Fiesta held recently at Gorey Community School to celebrate a year of sporting success helped raise €2,000 in memory of past pupil Chris Martin. A cheque was presented last week to Averil Power of the Asthma Society, and Chris' father Michael, by principal Michael Finn on behalf of students and staff.

There was success this year for the school's girls' rugby, soccer, and GAA teams. The Sports Fiesta included health promotion from the Asthma Society, an inspiring address from Ireland rugby player Hannah Tyrrell and various fundraising activities held in memory of Chris.

Chris was a fit and healthy 19-year-old who played rugby for UCC. He died at Christmas 2015 following an asthma attack. The Asthma Society has set up a fundraising appeal in his memory, and to spread the message that asthma can be fatal if not properly managed.

The school thanked Michael Martin, past pupils, and classmates of Chris who supported the day. Michael Finn said sport is a big feature of school life. 'As a school community, it is fantastic to have days we can celebrate and give back to the wider community also,' he said. 'We are so proud of everyone who contributed to the Sports Fiesta.'

Gorey Guardian

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