ORGANISERS of a memorial golf tournament, to be staged in honour of the inspirational Donal Walsh, are hoping the event can raise up to €35,000 for Crumlin Childrens Hospital one of the late Blennerville teenager's most passionate causes.
On Friday, former Munster and Ireland rugby star, Ronan O'Gara, who helped bear the young anti-suicide and cancer awareness campaigner's coffin at his funeral in May, joined his parents Elma and Fionnbar to launch the Donal Walsh memorial Corporate Golf Classic at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club.
The teenager came to national prominence in the months leading up to his death as a passionate campaigner for suicide awareness but also for cancer research and improved facilities at Crumlin.
Frank Hayes of Kerry Group, who are sponsoring the event, said it was only fitting that Donal should be honoured in this way and he hoped this year the tournament, which takes place on July 5, would exceed the amount raised in previous years. To date the golf classic has raised a total of over €500,000 for various charities.
"This is a relaunch of our Golf Classic and considering Donal's contribution and commitment to raising funds for our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin, we have decided to honour his memory through this event," said Kerry Group spokesperson Aoife O'Brien.