Wednesday 22 January 2020

Foods cup a 'fantastic' success

The Foods McLaughlin Cup was another 'fantastic' success as teams lined out at Oriel Park for the charity event in aid of Temple Street Children's Hospital.

It was the third year of the major fundraiser, which is held in memory of the late Robert 'Foods' McLaughlin.

The hugely popular Dundalk FC fan died tragically after being knocked down across from hid Newry Road home in October 2017.

The tournament, supported by Robert's family and wide circle of friends has been an incredible success over the last few years, raising more than €30,000 for a range of charities.

In 2019, the organisers were delighted to select Temple Street as their chosen charity.

Although essentially a memorial football tournament, the event has been an important means of raising funds and awareness of the work of a number of key charities and causes.

Among the causes supported by the Foods McLaughlin Cup since it began was the Zoe Murphy Appeal.

The three year old and her parents had just returned from the US before Christmas following life changing surgery when they paid a surprise visit to show their support for the 2019 tournament. A spokesman said: 'What an incredible day and what an incredible surprise to have Zoe Murphy and her family give us two tickets to Guns and Roses later in the year!'

'We tried to help Zoe and her family raise funds for their target to go to the US and have life changing surgery.' Zoe who was also in Temple Street Children's hospital, just wanted to help us raise much needed funds for the other kids in the hospital.' She is a real life Super Hero and we can't thank her and the family enough for the tickets!

The event saw a huge amount of donated prizes from an overseas short break to a coveted Dundalk FC season ticket.

For the full list of prizewinners, see the Foods McLaughlin Facebook page

The Argus