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Sunday 21 January 2018

Sport stars and celebrities gather to support Donal Walsh golf tournament

Cormac Byrne

Cormac Byrne

Celebrities from the worlds of showbiz and sport turned out in force today to support the Donal Walsh Celeb-Am in glorious sunshine at Adare Manor in Limerick.

Money raised from the event went to the Donal Walsh #LiveLife Foundation created in honour of the inspirational Kerry teenager who became a suicide prevention campaigner on the anniversary of his burial.

The tournament, kindly sponsored by Newstalk, saw celebrities drawn with teams of three to compete as a four-ball with 20 teams taking part.

Among the celebrities to take part were rugby great Ronan O’Gara, Ruby Walsh, Eamon Coughlan, RTE’s Brian Ormond, singer & judge on ‘The Voice’ Bressie, Kerry legend Eoin ‘Bomber’ Liston, incoming Munster manager Anthony Foley, 6 Nations Winner Rob Kearney and Liverpool legend Ronnie Whelan.

Whelan was more than pleased to lend his support to the event.

"Donal was an amazing person and touched the lives of so many people," he said.

"His bravery, his lust for life and quiet determination for one so young was incredible.

"His legacy of goodness and positivity in adversity continues today."

All funds raised through the event will go directly to supporting Donal’s poignant and inspirational #Livelife message through donations to the Teen Care Units in Crumlin Hospitals and Tralee Hospice & Care Centres operated by both Pieta House & Console.

Donal died in May of last year following a four-year battle with cancer having raised €50,000 for charity.

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