Lord Mayor’s Ball to Make a Comeback

Evening Herald
Thursday 28 February 2013

By Kevin Doyle

History has halted it on at least five occasions but Dublin’s Lord Mayor’s ball is to be resurrected yet again.

After falling foul of Lockouts, the War of Independence, political spats and money problems, Lord Mayor Naoise O’Muiri has announced that the ball will take place at The Mansion House on April 6.

“I am reviving the institution of the Lord Mayor’s Ball and bringing it home to the Round Room at the Mansion House,” he said.

“I invite you to don your finery, kick up your heels and join me for a night of magic, music and dance – all in a great cause.”

The event has had a tumultuous history since it was first held on St Stephen’s night in 1716. The guests were made up of the city’s 24 Aldermen and their wives who donated money in support of poor boys at the Blue-Coat School in Blackhall Place. However, members of the lower house on the Dublin City Assembly, who never made the guest list, successfully managed to have the ball abolished in 1728, on the grounds that it was causing ‘ great inconveniences’.


It was revived in 1861 for the visit to Dublin of the Prince of Wales. Over 100 people attended but not everyone enjoyed it as evidenced by ads that appeared in newspapers afterwards.

One lady lost a malachite and silver bracelet and was offering a reward “if found by a poor person” while another lost a coin from her Maltese bracelet.

The Lord Mayor’s Ball was held most years in September until 1912. The events between 1913-1924 and the suspension of Dublin City Council from 1924 to 1930, meant that the Lord Mayor’s Ball ended again.

It was revived in 1946 by Lord Mayor John McCann and took pace in the Metropole Ballroom. Over the years it has taken place in the RDS and Burlington Hotel and most recently was held in 1997.

Funds raised from the €100 tickets will go to the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young and The Marie Keating Foundation.


Loreto Girls Remember Ruth with CRY Donation

Meath Chronicle
Saturday 2nd March 2013

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Orla Durkan from Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) receives a cheque from students of Loreto St Michael’s secondary school in Navan who fundraised for the cause recently, inspired by the memory of Ruth Maguire, a popular and charismatic second year student of the school who was a victim of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome in November 2011.  The idea of fundraising for the charity was the brainchild of fifth year pupil Leah Hughes, who decided to create and sell a keyring in Ruth’s memory.


Families of tragic pair to host charity run

Limerick Leader Saturday West
Saturday 23 February 2013

Gerard Fitzgibbon

The tragic deaths of two young West Limerick people are to be the inspiration for a fund raising run and cycle organised by their families.

The sudden deaths in 2011 of 20 year old Niamh Herlihy and 15 year old Darra O’Donovan sparked an outpouring of grief in the Monagea and Strand communities.

Now, both of the families touched by these tragedies have united to raise money for the charity ‘CRY’, which raises awareness of sudden adult death syndrome in local communities.

Liam Herlihy, Niamh Herlihy’s father, said that the shared grief of is and the O’Donovan’Scanlan families gave them common purpose to help prevent others suffering the same loss.

“My daughter died in April, and a few months later young Darra O’Donovan died as well. The two families got together and talked about what we could do. People kept coming up to us, asking if we had an event or something, that they’d love to donate a bit of money and get involved”.

On the Saturday May 4, the bank holiday weekend, an 80km cycle and a 10km run/walk will take place, with everyone from ardent cyclists and seasoned runners to leisure walkers of all ages encouraged to take part.

Both events will start and finish at the Monagea community centre. The cyclists head off at 11am and will head for Charleville via the Bruff line, and will head back through Newtownshandrum, Milford, Dromcollogher, Broadford, Raheenagh and Strand.

The walk/run departs at 12pm and will head into Newcastle west at Boherbui, before turning right out past the Killeline rugby grounds and back into Monagea via Gardenfield.

The event was launched this Wednesday night by Limerick Senior Hurling and football captains Donal O’Grady and Seanie Buckley.  For information contact Liam Herlihy on 087 2998461, Clare O’Donovan on 085 1458214 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit its Facebook page.


Coping With Sudden Loss of Life

Irish Independent Tabloid-Health & Living Supplement
Irish Independent

SADS has claimed many young Irish lives, writes Sarah Breen

In June 1996, Peter Greene finished his Junior Certificate exams and went out to celebrate with a round of golf. The apparently fit and healthy 15 year old came home, went to bed and was dead less than 24 hours later.

“Peter was the youngest of four children,” says Peter’s father, Michael Greene.

“He was full of life and loved sport – sailing particularly. He also played rugby.  He was a bit of a class jester but a perfectly good student. Subsequently we found out that he scored highly in his Junior Certificate”.

On the day he died, Peter was excited to wave goodbye to a stressful year and herald the start of his summer holidays.

“The day Peter finished his exams, he went out playing golf with some of his friends,” says Michael “He came in, said he was tired and went to bed.  I was away on business that night but my wife Marie heard him getting up at about 3.30am.  

“He got sick and told her he couldn’t see and that he had a terrible pain in his chest, so she rushed him in to Beaumont Hospital”.

Within an hour, Peter was dead. “At that time there was very little known about this condition, by the public or indeed by the medical profession”, says Michael.

His cause of death was established as myocarditis, which is a virus that attacks the lining of the heart.  

Afterwards we discovered it was a bit more complicated than that.”

Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome (SADS) is an umbrella term for all the electrical conditions that can cause sudden cardiac death in young people, although it can happen to older people too.

“Between 60 to 75 people under the age of 35 die in Ireland every year as a result of sudden cardiac death,” says Dr Deirdre Ward, a consultant cardiologist at Tallaght Hospital. “Perhaps half of them are due to SADS, and the rest are down to muscle disorders and things like congenital heart disease.”

“I heard a lovely description about the impact of a child’s death on a family the other day by a man in New York,” says Michael.  “He said that if your parents die, you’re an orphan; if your spouse dies, you’re either a widow or a widower; but there’s no word that can describe the death of a young person.”

Following Peter’s death the Greenes began looking for answers as to what may have been the root cause.  

“Marie’s questions led her to a charity in the UK and because of her background in social work, she was invited to do a programme in Warick University on supporting and counselling families who were affected by this condition.  We then decided to set up our charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young (www.cry.ie). E set up ourselves three objectives to; increase awareness of this condition among the public, to offer support to families who were either affected by the death of a young person or who had somebody living with the condition, and to develop a cardiac evaluation programme here in Ireland.”

Peter, a healthy and fit 15 year old, went to bed and was dead less than 24 hours later.

In 2004, the sudden death of footballer Cormac McAnallen brought SADS conditions into the spotlight.

The 24 year old Tyrone captain was at the peak of physical fitness when he was found dead in his bed.

“The conditions that cause SADS have only really been described since the 1990s,” says Dr Ward.

“And it’s only been in recent times where a family would accept that a young person could die suddenly. Doctors would come up with lots of other potential reasons for the death, like acute pneumonia, that might distract from the true cause.

“It’s really only since Cormac MacAnallen’s death that people have started to accept that young, sporty people can die suddenly from a heart condition.

Before then, there was an expectation that was probably due to drugs or something self-inflicted rather than something they were born with”.  After knocking on a lot of doors, in 2006 Michael and Marie Greene and CRY were eventually approached by Dr David Mulcahy, a cardiologist at Tallaght Hospital, with a proposal to develop a centre for cardiac screening in Ireland.

“The Centre for Cardiovascular Risk in Young persons at Tallaght Hospital officially opened in early 2007,” says Michael.

“We receive no government support but provide free services like screening, a family support group and a qualified psychotherapist, which is very important, particularly for families with young children.”

Cardiac screening is one way to prevent sudden cardiac death in the young and it is one of the most valuable services offered by CRY.  Although screening can be invaluable in a family where one member suffers from a SADS condition, it’s just not viable to have the general population tested.

“Screening is not perfect or guaranteed to get a result”, says Dr Ward. “First of all, the conditions are relatively rare in the general population and also they can be very difficult to detect. It’s about finding a test that can correct identify one of these conditions, and finding the right time to do it because some of them won’t be present at birth but can develop over time”.

“Since peter’s death, the whole family has been screened for SADS conditions but there’s nothing there,” says Michael.

“We now think he died due to a genetic condition and not a virus but we still don’t really know.  Even knowing what we know today, we would probably have still lost him.  The truth is, you can have the condition and be monitored and you can still die from it”.

For more information on Cardiac Risk in the Young and how you can support its upcoming Fashion Show and Luncheon (March 22) and Rugby Lunch (March 8) see www.cry.ie.