Show support for Mick Rigney
FEW families have contributed as much to sport as the eight Rigney brothers from Portlaoise, who excelled across a wide range of disciplines, including international rugby with Ireland, provincial rugby with Leinster and Connacht and hurling with Laois and Leinster.
Among the best known are Brian, who won eight rugby caps with Ireland in the early 1990s, and Niall, who hurled for Laois for 15 years before later managing the county, prior to taking over as club boss of James Stephens of Kilkenny.
Sport has always been a way of life for the Rigneys but, unfortunately, eldest brother Mick, who was involved in a range of activities over the years, suffered a seriously debilitating stroke last November.
Mick (50) is making progress in rehab but faces many challenges and now family, friends and work colleagues have come together to organise fund-raising events next month in order to help finance a wheelchair-accessible car and make modifications to the family home.
A sponsored cycling event will take place on July 22, followed on July 27 by a golf classic at the Portlaoise club, where Mick is a member. And, later that evening, there will be a special function held in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel.
Michael Duignan will be guest auctioneer for the 'Evening with Mick & Friends', which will be attended by a number of sporting celebrities, past and present. Details of all the events are available on www.friendsofmickrigney.com.