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Saturday 17 November 2018

Tournament in memory of Sean Chapman raises over €3,000 for Irish Cancer Society

Organisers and participants in the Sean Chapman Memorial Soccer Tournament at the Astro Active
Organisers and participants in the Sean Chapman Memorial Soccer Tournament at the Astro Active

There was a wonderful atmosphere at Enniscorthy Astro Active recently as family and friends of the late Sean Chapman gathered to remember him with a special charity soccer tournament.

Sean, of Kiltrea, Enniscorthy, passed away in December of last year leaving behind his wife Aileen and daughter Emma.

An extremely well-liked member of his local community, Sean was particularly interested in sports, so the memorial tournament was considered a fitting way of honouring his memory.

'Sean used to play soccer with some of us of a Tuesday night at the Astro Active,' said Brendan Durnan, one of the organisers.

'We decided it would be a good idea to get together and raise a bit of money for the Irish Cancer Society.

'He was a big rugby man, so we also roped in some of his old Towns Cup winning teammates to play as well and it was a great day.

'We had six teams of very old and decrepit men lining out and it was great fun.'

Brendan says that event also had great support from local businesses who lent a hand with sponsorship.

There was also a very special raffle prize on the day of a signed, grand-slam winning Irish Rugby jersey.

Sean's wife and daughter were present on the day and were blown away by the support the event received.

'In total, I think we've raised in excess of €3,000,' said Brendan.

'We're absolutely thrilled with that. It far exceeded our expectations.

'Everybody did their bit and even though it rained, it didn't bother us one bit.'

'People really got into the spirit of the event on the day.'

Brendan, Sean's family and the other organisers wished to thank everyone who got involved and look forward to presenting the money to the Irish Cancer Society.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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