Wednesday 13 December 2017

Hospice lands on its feet with walkers' 20k donation

Orla Flynn and Bronagh Clarke.
Orla Flynn and Bronagh Clarke.

One of the best places to be on Friday night had to be the Greenore Bar, where a cheque presentation was taking place from 160 walkers to the North Louth Hospice and Homecare Foundation (NLHHF).

The fundraising walk had taken place between The Lumpers Bar in Ballymakellett, Ravensdale, and Carlingford on April 5 and was the brainchild of Errol Boyle from Greenwood Drive, Brian Watters from Riverside Drive, Fergus McArdle from Shore Road and Seamus Gormley from Lower Point Road who were on hand to present a cheque for €20,160 to the NLHHF committee.

I wasn't too long in the door when I met up with one of the organisers, Errol, who was there with his delightful daughters Sharon and Ciara and told me it had been an eventful day, but everyone had managed to make it over the mountain to Carlingford and they were very thankful for everyone's fundraising to help the NLHHF.

Having a look around, the first group I met up with included Tom and Melissa Curran from Lennonstown Manor who were fully kitted out in the NLHHF t-shirts and hats for the occasion as they lent their support.

Beside them were Patricia McDowell and Caroline Fenton from Sliabh Foy Park who were representing the NLHHF and more than impressed with the donation going to be made.

Not too far away I got talking to Stephen and Majella Murphy from Bay Estate who told me that Stephen had taken part in the walk and wanted to tell Errol that he had found his missing kid on the walk, no thanks to him! Funny I always thought that if you lose something, you can't really blame anyone, but yourself?

Making my way over to another table I got talking to Colm and Catherine Rooney from Willowdale who told me they were ex-neighbours and long-time friends of the Boyles and had taken part in the walk. It was hard, but worth it, they said, and they were definitely going to have a great night in the Greenore. Sitting beside them were Bronagh Clarke and Orla Flynn from Blackrock who told me they hadn't made the walk but were there to support the night.

Not too far away I got talking to Brian and Mary Cooney from Greyacre Road who told me that Brian had traversed the mountain and that it had been a great walk, apart from getting lost!

After this I got talking to Geraldine and Joe Watters from Seafield Lawns, who told me that Geraldine had done the walk and that it had been a tough time but the night in the Greenore was going well, what with the pints and curry.

Making my way into one of the other rooms in the bar, I got talking to Nadine McGuirk from Lower Point Road and Barry Murphy from Castleblaney who were there to support the night.

Beside them were some of the NLHHF committee, including Ann McGahon from Corderry, Kathleen Kelly from Ard Easmuinn, Anita Fleming from Muirhevna, Mary Kerley from Dowdallshill, Aileen Norton from The Loakers, Mary Mulholland from Rathmount and Stephanie Cumiskey from Glenwood who wanted to congratulate the walkers on raising a great amount of money, every cent of which will be used locally.

Also there were Kim and Shane Dullaghan from Belfry Avenue and Ger Kelly and Joanne Murphy from Dromiskin who all took part in the walk and had also gotten lost during it but managed to make their way down to Carlingford eventually.

Up at the bar I caught up with Jim and Margaret Duffy from Bishops Court who had just dropped in for a quiet drink and found they were gate-crashing a very worthwhile night.

Not too long later I got talking to Grace and Brian Watters from Riverside Drive and Gavin Watters from Seafield Lawns who told me that Brian was one of the organisers and they had all taken part and were delighted to be there to enjoy the success of the night.

Another man who had completed the walk was Seamie Agnew from Lower Point Road who told me it was a bit hairy when the mist came down, but it was for a good cause – what can I say!

Next I met a man who walked 25km instead of the normal 15km – Gerry McGrory from Greenwood Drive, he told me it was worth it because he got more sponsorship money! He was there with chairman of the NLHHF board and founder member Jim O'Callaghan and his wife Sheila who wanted to thank all the walkers for an extraordinary achievement on climatically, such a bad day.

The Argus

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