'Mad Hatters' in memory of Sarah

Kevin Hughes

FRIENDS and family of the late Sarah Mangan gathered at Killorglin Golf Club on Friday to take part in a special charity day in memory of the popular Milltown woman.

From Kilderry South, Sarah died at the age of just 36 from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) on September 2 last year, news that shocked many in Killorglin and indeed across Kerry.

That's because Sarah, daughter of James and Bridie, was well known in many circles including in the local pantomime group and so it was only fitting that Friday's event developed into a golf classic and a 'Mad Hatters Tea Party' organised by Killorglin Panto Group.

The day was in aid of The Mater Foundation and friend and panto member Geraldine O'Sullivan said that organisers were simply overwhelmed by the support on the day.

"It was a tremendous success and we were very, very happy with the numbers who turned out. We had a high number of golfing teams and we sold out the tea party – so all in it was a great day but it was tinged with sadness."

A final figure has yet to be tallied but it's safe to say that the expectations of organisers has been surpassed.

There was also a fundraising raffle held on the day as well as a prize for 'best hat' which went to Geraldine Foile with second prize going to Marguerite Griffin and a prize sponsored by Sulu donated by Paula Lucey and Susan O'Connor.

In Ireland, more than one person per week under the age of 35 dies suddenly from an undiagnosed heart condition and The Mater Foundation is making a direct impact in the fight against SADS.

"Unfortunately we weren't aware of their great work until we lost Sarah and hopefully, with more research and screening, advances can be made and lives can be saved," Geraldine added.