Monday 20 November 2017

Ronan O'Gara helps tee off tournament to remember Donal Walsh and raise funds

Ronan O'Gara with Donal's parents Elma and Fionnbar and the Donal Walsh Cup
Ronan O'Gara with Donal's parents Elma and Fionnbar and the Donal Walsh Cup
Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

THE last time they met was at the funeral of their son, but yesterday former Ireland and Munster rugby star Ronan O'Gara was again supporting Elma and Fionnbar Walsh in remembrance of Donal.

The teenager, from Blennerville, Co Kerry, is now the inspiration behind a golf tournament aiming to raise €35,000 for Our Lady's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin.

The Kerry Group-sponsored event is this year honouring Donal's memory by donating the money to the hospital where he received treatment for cancer.

Donal lost his battle with lung cancer in May and was buried just one month before his 17th birthday. He came to national prominence as a passionate campaigner for suicide awareness but also for cancer research and improved facilities at Crumlin. Before his death, over €50,000 had been raised.

O'Gara helped shoulder the teenager's coffin at his funeral in Tralee with other members of the Munster squad. The outhalf yesterday took time out to help launch the golfing tournament at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club.

The winners of the tournament will be presented with the Donal Walsh Cup, a replica of the Ryder Cup.

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Irish Independent

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