Tuesday 19 June 2018

Shockers hand over €20,000 after cycle

New Ross Rugby Club presenting a public access defibrilllator to the town
New Ross Rugby Club presenting a public access defibrilllator to the town

David Looby

Members of New Ross Rugby Club (aka the Shockers), raised a whopping €20,000 for a new defibrillator for Irishtown and for local charities from their 170km cycle to Kinsale.

New Ross RFC Shockers cycle team completed their charity cycle from New Ross to Kinsale RFC on April 28 with a team of 29 cyclists and 12 support crew taking to the road at 7 a.m. and arriving in Kinsale at 4.50 p.m. following the 170 km trek. This was organised as a fundraiser for the club as well as to raise funds for the provision of a public access defibrillator for the Irishtown and for Aoibheann's Pink Tie, the National children's cancer charity.

The official presentation of funds raised took place in the clubhouse recently and was attended by a number of the Shockers, as well as club officials. Club President Michael Bailey spoke about the club's history of community involvement and support, having previously raised funds for New Ross Community Hospital and the Irish Cancer Society before announcing that, as a result of the extraordinary success of the venture, the organising committee had decided to also make extra donations to five other local charities whose work has been particularly appreciated by members of the cycle team.

He then presented cheques for €250 to representatives of St Louis Day Care Centre, Ramsgrange, Wexford Parkinson's Association, New Ross Tidy Towns, St Bridget's Family Support Service Wexford and Pieta House.

Mr Bailey then presented a defibrillator to Cllr Michael Sheehan who accepted it on behalf of the people of New Ross before moving to the main presentation of the evening. A cheque for €5,000 was presented to Jimmy Norman, CEO of Aoibheann's Pink Tie, with Mr Norman expressing his enormous gratitude for the efforts of New Ross RFC in raising money for organisations other than itself.

Mr Bailey thanked everyone who had been involved in organising the event before particularly recognising New Ross Credit Union, who had made an incredible donation of €2,000, as well as making special mention of Seamus Doyle Painting, New Ross Garda Station, Trudie's Catering Kitchen, Murphy's Cash and carry, A&M Logistics, Mannions Country Pub, John & Liz Brennan, Tadhg Geary, Irish Country Meats, Ballon Meats, Lyng Motors, Currahee Food Consultancy, Harte Design & Outdoor Lighting, Gala Kilmeaden Service Station, Michael Britten Auto Repairs, Quantum Motors, Gary Conway Building Services, Max Power Washing Services, Somers Construction, Pauline's Bar, Paddy Powers Irishtown, Sinnott's Centra, Four Star Pizza, Molloy's SuperValu, George Kelly's Bike Shop, Johnstones Paints, Flahavans, Dawn Meats Group, Moloney Aucioneers, Collins Construction, LJJ Contractors, Steve Burgess, Charlie Soden, Merlyn Industries, Anthony Sutton, Good Counsel College, Doran Concrete, Chris Cleere, Leanne Carroll, Hugh Byrne Carpentry, O' Neills Grocery, Kehoe's Supply & DIY, French's Pharmacy, M&J Restaurant, Green Tiger Express, Noel O Dwyer MHBC, Foley Transport and the hundreds of other businesses and individuals who had supported the event.

With the formalities concluded, everyone retired to the bar for an evening of music and discussion about the next adventure which might be taken on by club members.

One of the event organisers Maurice Quirke said the group were overwhelmed by the support they got, having only expected to raise around €2,000.

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