Monday 26 September 2016

Dublin GAA club's bucket collection for Berkeley victim Jack Halpin

Published 30/08/2015 | 14:18

Jack Halpin pictured in his hospital bed in California
Jack Halpin pictured in his hospital bed in California

ST JUDE'S GAA club will hold a bucket collection outside Croke Park today to help fund the recovery of their club member Jack Halpin.

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Jack sustained serious injuries in the Berkeley, California, tragedy that claimed the lives of six and forever changed the lives of others.

21 year-old Jack has just completed his final year of a degree in Commerce at UCD and first attended Saint Judes GAA Club as a four year-old.  He blossomed as a player throughout his Juvenile years and, as a young adult, has continued to represent his club in both codes at Under 21 level, and also as a senior panelist in hurling as well as excelling in football. Jack also represented Dublin teams from u12 to u16 level in both codes.

To help Jack's recovery, his club will host a collection before today's big semi-final meeting between Mayo and Dublin. They will also hold a raffle on the day before the All-Ireland hurling final.

"Jack was seriously injured in Berkeley but thankfully he is now back in Ireland," says one club member. "However, he faces a long road to recovery. He has played hurling and football for Judes from nursery level up to adult and 'Judes for Jack' is the initiative we have come up with to raise funds for Jack’s ongoing rehabilitation. There is a huge GAA community out there, one that is built through spirit and we know that we will get huge support."

Judes are appealing for support in their bucket collection today, and also with their raffle - tickets can be bought on the day or online (€10) at www.judesforjack.com. Prizes include tickets for both the hurling and football finals together with overnight stays, an overnight stay at the Shelbourne Hotel, a fourball golf outing at Lahinch with an overnight stay and your nominated club will also enter a draw for set of O’Neills jerseys.

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