Thursday 26 April 2018

Friends of slain garda to raise €20k for charity

L-R: Garda Damien Fanning, Pat Rogers of Blade FX, Sgt Mark McNulty, Garda Declan Whelan and Garda Kevin Cleary (in front) take part in Movember in memory of Garda Tony Golden who was shot dead earlier this year
L-R: Garda Damien Fanning, Pat Rogers of Blade FX, Sgt Mark McNulty, Garda Declan Whelan and Garda Kevin Cleary (in front) take part in Movember in memory of Garda Tony Golden who was shot dead earlier this year
Garda Tony Golden
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

Friends and family of murdered garda Tony Golden are on track to raise more than €20,000 for the Irish Cancer Society in a Movember fundraising drive in his memory.

Some 63 members of the Louth emergency services, dubbed the Louth Frontline Bros, grew moustaches to raise funds and awareness of men's health.

On Friday night, a large crowd turned out at the Lisdoo Bar in Dundalk to watch as they finally shaved off their hirsute efforts.

Garda Golden, who was shot dead while on duty in a murder-suicide in October, had taken part in Movember in the past. His brother Patrick - who grew a moustache - attended the shave-off event.

Ireland rugby star Rob Kearney was among those who donated spot prizes for a raffle held on the night.

Garda Kevin Cleary, who partnered Tony for three years, said the event was a "bittersweet occasion".

He said the fundraising team were "overwhelmed" by the response.

There are still a few days left to donate to the Louth Frontline Bros.

Their page can be found at https://ie.movember.com/team/2070097.

Irish Independent

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