Sunday 25 February 2018

Donal Walsh: Golf tournament aims to raise €35,000 in memory of inspirational teenager

Fionbarr Walsh, Frank Hayes, Kerry Group, Elma Walsh and Rugby player Ronan O'Gara.
Fionbarr Walsh, Frank Hayes, Kerry Group, Elma Walsh and Rugby player Ronan O'Gara.
Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

FORMER Ireland and Munster rugby star Ronan O'Gara has put his support behind a golf tournament to honour inspirational teenager, Donal Walsh.

Mr O'Gara was back in Co Kerry yesterday where he joined Donal's parents, Elma and Fionnbar, for the launch of this year's Kerry Corporate Golf Tournament in aid of Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin.

Mr O'Gara helped shoulder the teenager's coffin at his funeral in Tralee with other members of the Munster squad.

The event which is sponsored by the Kerry Group is honouring the memory of Donal and aims to raise €35,000 for the hospital where he received treatment for cancer.

Donal lost his own battle with lung cancer in May and was buried just one month before his 17th birthday.

The teenager from Blennerville, Co Kerry 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.

Before his death over €50,000 was raised for the hospital in his name but at his month's mind on June 12, his birthday, his mother Elma revealed this figure had already doubled.

Kerry Group's Frank Hayes 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 for the hospital in previous years which to date totals over €500,000.

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