Help sought for Jack
There may be no love lost at times between G.A.A. players and teams, but there's no organisation that rallies around any better when one of their own experiences trauma.
The tragedy in Berkeley, California which claimed six young lives shocked the entire country, and now the efforts are being stepped up to help with the rehabilitation of the survivors.
One young man in question is Jack Halpin, a member of the St. Jude's G.A.A. club in Templeogue in Dublin who qualified for the Senior hurling championship final and won the Division 1 league last year with a Wexford town native, Graham Nolan, manning the posts.
The club launched a fundraising campaign known as JudesforJack after the tragedy, and now they are appealing for support from G.A.A. units in Wexford and beyond.
They are organising a major fundraising raffle and are asking each club to buy a book of ten tickets (ten x €10 = €100). The prizes on offer include All-Ireland hurling and football final tickets, and the full details may be viewed at www.judesforjack.com
There is a special prize for clubs only as, for every ten tickets sold, each club will be entered into a draw for a full set of O'Neill's jerseys. Individual ticket buyers have the option of nominating a club of their choice.
The draw will be held on Saturday night, September 5, in the St. Jude's clubhouse. Tickets should be returned to Seán Fallon, c/o St. Jude's G.A.A. club, Wellington Lane, Templeogue, Dublin 6W.