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We have dedicated this area to pay special tribute to the extremely generous people who have made a contribution to CRY. It is because of these amazing people that CRY is able to keep our doors open as we do not receive any government funding. All at CRY would like to express our sincerest thanks to everyone who has provided us with support.

Thank You Archive




We have dedicated this area to pay special tribute to the extremely generous people who have made a contribution to CRY. All at CRY would  like to express our sincerest thanks to all who provide us with support.




Special thanks to Dr. Dan Murphy, the staff and patients at Salthill Medical Centre – fantastic supporters of Cry. €645.00 was recently donated in Salthill and presented to Cry. Huge thanks to all in Salthill Medical Centre. 



A huge thanks to all of the students in Level 5 Fetac at Ballyhaise Agricultural College, Co. Cavan for their donation of €500 to CRY. The students held a variety of fundraising events at the college, which included a pig loading competition! Orla Durkan from CRY went up to the college and spoke to the students about CRY. 




Saturday 16th February saw Phil Cawley on Today FM in association with BetFair choose Cry for their Charity Bet. Barry Orr of Betfair chose the Everton –v- Oldham Premiership game and predicted a draw - €500 on at 5-1. With five minutes to go the match went to 2 – 1 and it was a nervewracking last couple of minutes. At full time however the score was 2 all – great result for Cry! Huge thanks to Barry and Phil for choosing Cry!

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CRY would like to say a big thank you to all of the staff at Eli LillY for donating

€3,500 to CRY, which they raised as part of their charity fundraising programme for 2012.

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Orla Durkan from CRY attended the chq presentation and is pictured with Jean Noonan, Lisa McGrath, Ed Canary (managing director) and Lorraine Roche.

 A particular word of thanks has to go to Lisa McGrath who nominated CRY. Lisa lost her friend Niamh Herlihy to Sudden Cardiac Death in 2011. Check out all of the fundraising activities the staff at Eli Lilley held in 2012 [View all the activities here].

They managed to raise €33,000 which was distributed to local, national and international charities.


Thanks from Cry Ireland to Gillian Moules from Carrick-on-Suir, County Waterford who took on the challenge of the 2012 Dublin City Marathon for Cry and Beckys Beat. Gillian completed the marathon and raised €365.00 for Cry – a fantastic personal achievement. Thanks to Gillian and all who sponsored her and donated so generously to both charities.



Galway Salthill Rotary Club Donate to Cry

The Galway Salthill Rotary Club donated the proceeds from the collection box at the end of the Prom in Salthill, Galway to Cry Ireland. The monies donated between 18th December 2012 and 14th January 2013 amounted to €1,500.00. Regina Power and Dr. Dan Murphy attended at a Rotary Meeting in the Ardilaun House Hotel on 11th February 2013 and Mr. Pat Quinlan, Chairman presented Regina with €1,500.00. Special thanks from Cry to all involved and to those who donated so generously. 


 Junior Chamber Galway Senators
Thanks from Cry to the Junior Chamber Galway Senators who recently donated €250.00 to Cry. The group meet annually and nominations for a Charity are made – Cry was delighted to have been chosen in January 2013 for a donation.


Thanks from Cry Ireland to Dr Deirdre Ward.
Dr Ward spoke at a recent event in the Merrion Faculty and waived her fee – the Faculty forwarded the €400.00 fee to Cry on their behalf – a very generous offer and greatly appreciated.





Pictured above is Elizabeth Bolton, sister of Suzanne Heffernan and Trustee with The Mark Heffernan Trust (www.markheffernantrust.ie).
Elizabeth is seen here presenting a cheque for €4, 000.00 to Dr Deirdre Ward –Director of the Centre and Marie Greene, Co Founder of CRY.

Cry has co funded a genetics counsellor which is an essential part of the work of CRYP Centre and the proceeds will be used to support her.

The Mark Heffernan Trust was set up in 2008 by Martin and Suzanne Heffernan following the sudden death of their son Mark, age 23 and a student in GMIT Galway. Sadly in 2011, Suzanne his mother died suddenly while on a trip to Rome.

We are deeply grateful to the Mark Heffernan Trust for this contribution towards the cost of this service.






Sunday 5th August 2012 saw Tony’s Sponsored Headshave @ Shrinrone, County Offaly in Memory of Deborah Carney who died suddenly on 11th January 2012.

Tony Monaghan was joined on the day by Deborah’s cousin Kevin Gaffney along with six other family and friends for the head shave.Sally, Debbie’s mom shaved Tony’s hair & beard.

Tony had not had a hair cut or shaved his beard from the time of Debbie’s death until August 5th.

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Along with the head shave family and friends supported Sally by organising a group to participate in the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon on June 3rd 2012. The proceeds from the fundraising events were handed over in September 2012 – over €16,000.00.

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Sally’s fundraising for Cry continued with two car boot sales and “Remembering Debbie” wristbands were made in her memory. A further €2,600 was raised and donated.

Sally intends to continue to support CRY in 2013.

Tallaght Eco: Thursday 22 November 2012

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Schoolchildren helped Kilimanjarao climbers raise €3k for heart group

An adventurous pair from Tallaght climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise €3,000 for the Cardiac Risk in the Young Unit in Tallaght Hospital – a trek which was supported by some very local students, reports David Kearns.

James Cooke and Nigel Fay undertook the grueling 19,340 ft climb of Africa’s tallest peak to support the CRY unit after James’s nephew was diagnosed with a serious heart defect.

Dad-of-three James told The Echo that the whole experience was something he would never forget for the rest of his life.

Last Friday he visited St Martin De Porres National School in Aylesbury to recount his experience to the young pupils – who together raised €714 for James and Nigel through a “no uniform day”.

James said:  “I wanted to give something back to those involved with the charity (CRY) after they’d looked after my nephew so well.  They do such an amazing job there, they deserve all the support they can get.

“The level of support from the local community has been overwhelming.  I’d never have been able to raise this amount of money without all the help I’ve gotten.  Their enthusiasm made the trek all the more worthwhile.”

The CRY charity is based in Tallaght Hospital and offers screening to those at risk of sudden cardiac death syndrome and other heart-related complications.

It also helps to raise awareness of the deadly condition in young people.  The unit receives no direct government funding so donations are vital to keep it running.

To get to Kilimanjaro, the duo contacted extreme travel specialist Action Challenge, a UK-based company, who arranged the whole trip for them. “We paid for our own flights over, and once there we were joined by 23 other people.  Eight of whom where from Ireland.”

“None of us had done anything like it, and until now, the most I’ve done is a good Sunday walk.  That’s how it came about.  Nigel and myself were walking along thinking of ways we could raise money and he mentioned his neighbor had done the climb up Kilimanjaro” said James.

Faced with climbing the world’s highest free-standing mounting, it immediately sank into the pair just what they were about to face.

“Everything up to this point had been so easy. We’d gotten the trip arranged no problem.  We’d amazing support from the community in raising money.  Both my children’s schools helped out, and even Shamrock Rovers let me do a collection during one of their matches.

“But once we hit the mountain, everything changed.  It was real tough even with all the support on hand.  There was about 70 people’s job it was to make sure we’d get through it.

                       James Cooke Kilimanjaro

“Three of the group had to drop out and quite a few others suffered from altitude sickness.  But despite it all, the challenge was worth it.  The climb was something I really relished because it was for such a well deserved cause.

Hoping to continue fundraising in the future, James has no plans to be taking any more trips abroad.

“I was lucky enough to have a lot of help from family and friends but I’m not sure my wife and my kids would appreciate me going away again without them.” He added.

                    James Cooke Kilimanjaro

The Annual Christmas Day swim in memory of Gary O’Keeffe took place in Kilmurrin Cove, Waterford on Christmas Day 2012.

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Breda and Gerry O’Keeffe were delighted at the turnout of family and friends who braved the elements in Gary’s memory.


Huge thanks from Cry Ireland to Breda and Gerry for organising another event for Cry and thanks from the family to all who continue to support them in Gary’s memory.

Michael Cusack and the Aughrim/Ballinasloe Set Dancers held a Ceili in October 2012 in memory of Sarah Malone.


The night was a great success and attended by members of the Malone family including Deirdre and Amy. €500.00 was raised on the night and donated to Cry in Sarah’s memory.

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Special thanks from Cry Ireland to Michael Cusack for taking the time to arrange the event, thanks to all who took part and supported the event which was a great success.

Thanks too from Cry Ireland to the Malone family for their ongoing support of the work of the Charity.


Weight Watchers in Newry and Warrenpoint held a Christmas Hamper Raffle in December 2012 and chose to donate the proceeds to Cry.   Their Class Leader is Deirdre Murdock,  Deirdre lost her nephew Kevin Fegan and chose Cry in his memory.  The fantastic sum of €480.00 was donated to Cry in Kevin’s name.     Tommy, Anne and the extended Fegan family have been amazing supporters of Cry – they organised the 4 Peaks Challenge in September 2011 raising huge funds for Cry and continue to support the work of the Charity.

 Conor Clarke from Ballymoney, Gorey, County Wexford completed the Dublin Marathon in October 2012 raising €362.00 in memory of two friends who died suddenly.  Huge thanks from Cry to Conor and all who sponsored him in his challenge for Cry.

Janet Cooke of The Charlemont Clinic/AMNCH chose to do a sponsored swim on New Year’s Day for CRY.


Janet is pictured having completed the swim off Bray Beach.

Huge thanks to Janet for taking the plunge and the challenge! Janet raised €1,330.00 for CRY! Huge thanks for Janet and all who donated so generously.



Cry were delighted to be chosen in December 2012 as beneficiary of the Killarney Camera Club Christmas Donation to Charity.

Each year the club make a donation and ask members to nominate a charity – Marie Lyne Kelly a member of Club nominated Cry and at their Christmas function Cry were selected.

A very generous donation of €250.00 was received.


Marathon Day - 29 October 2012

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Pictured here on Marathon Day - 29 October 2012 is Brendan Murray who travelled from Boston, Massachusetts, USA to take part in the Dublin Marathon for Cry.  Brendan travelled home with his wife Kim and daughters and took on the challenge in memory of his cousin Edward's daughter Aoife Ward from Laragh, County Wicklow who died suddenly in November 2010.

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Brendan organised events locally and family and friends donated - donations coming online from Boston and Dublin. Brendan also visited the Centre while back in Dublin and presented Dr Deirdre Ward with the monies raised.

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Brendan raised the fantastic total of €2, 959.62 for Cry. Special thanks from Cry to Brendan for travelling home and taking on the Challenge for Cry - thanks too to everybody who donated so generously in Aoife's memory.

Hugh Brosnan from Dublin took up the challenge of the Dublin Marathon for Cry – Hugh has completed a number of Marathons but in the 2012 Dublin Marathon achieved his personal best of 3hrs 4 mins.

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Hugh raised €306.00 for Cry completing the Marathon – sincere thanks.

Bridie Kenny from Dublin took part in the 2012 Dublin Marathon for Cry – competing it in a fantastic time of 3:52.   Bridie raised a total of €1,280.00 for Cry and told us she was delighted to support Cry again – having fundraised previously for CRY completing the Mini Marathon.  Huge thanks from Cry to Bridie, her families and friends for amazing fundraising and thanks to Bridie for her continued support of the Charity and our work.


Huge thanks from Cry to Bridie, her families and friends for amazing fundraising and thanks to Bridie for her continued support of the Charity and our work.


Thanks to the Cushlough Sheep Sheering Committee, Westport, County Mayo.

A donation of €500.00 was made in memory of the late Richard Heraty RIP. Richard, a member of the Committee died suddenly in April 2012 and Gerard Grimes on behalf of the Committee forwarded the donation with a note wishing “Cry Ireland continued success in your good work”.

On behalf of the Heraty Family and Cry Ireland thanks to all involved.

Pictured recently in the Centre with Dr Deirdre Ward, Gemma Carr and Philip Carr is John Murphy of Round Towers Clondalkin. John took on the challenge of the 2012 Dublin Marathon for Cry in memory of Ciaran Carr - raising over €800.00 and successfully completing the Marathon. Huge thanks from Cry Ireland for fantastic fundraising and awareness.


Ken Matthews of Dublin took part in the Dublin Marathon 2012 for Cry – Ken completed the Marathon in a time of 3:21 – raising €210.00 for Cry from family and friends – huge thanks from all at Cry Ireland.

Thanks from Cry Ireland to Ms. Denise O’Connor of Fishburns Law and Mr. Martin Twells of QBE Insurance Specialists.

Ms. O’Connor and Mr. Twells spoke at a recent event in the Insurance Insitute of Ireland and waived their fee – the Institute forwarded the €400.00 fee to Cry on their behalf – a very generous offer and greatly appreciated.

Students from St. Josephs Mercy, Navan organised a cake sale for CRY, held  in memory of Ruth Maguire. The students raised €450. A huge thanks to all involved particularly Louise Heaney, Ciara Casserly and Jane Kerr (pictured in the presentation with Orla Durkan). 


 Many thanks to the school’s headmistress Mary Mulligan and all of the staff.


Cormac Ward from Dublin

Cormac Ward from Dublin pictured below took part in this year’s Dublin Marathon in aid of Cry and the Irish Cancer Society.  Cormac completed the Marathon in 4:20 and was delighted with his time.     Cormac raised €726.00 for Cry – huge thanks from Cry to Cormac for his personal challenge and to all supported him and donated so generously.



Pictured here is Marian Finn from Dublin - Marian has just returned home having successfully completed the Open Cambodia Community Challenge 2012 for Cry, raising €800.00.   Marian took the Challenge to support Cry in memory of her son Andrew Finn who died suddenly in April 2010.   Since then Marian, Michael and the extended family have fundraised for Cry - huge thanks to all the Finn family and everybody who supported Marian and donated so generously.



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Pictured here are the Esker Celtic FC Under 9s.  Huge thanks to their Manager Ivica Milicevic from the team and all at Cry  for his support of Cry and arranging for a Donor to kit out the Under 9s in their Cry Jerseys.




Dr. Deirdre Ward representing CRY  was presented with a cheque for €8500 from the Lawlor Family at The Wagon Wheel Pub,
Knockananna on 17th November 2012.

The Lawlor family from Ballykilduff, Tullow, organised their second vintage car and tractor run on 21st October which was held in memory of Daniel Lawlor Jnr who died from sudden cardiac death at the age of 28.

The Lawlor Family have been great supporters of CRY over the last few years. CRY want to thank everyone in the community for their generosity and support, especially the Lawlor’s extended family and friends who gave very willingly of their time to make the day a great success.


The Power and Treacy Families presented Michael and Marie Greene of Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) with a cheque for €31,956.86.

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The Power and Treacy Families took part in the Streets of Galway along with 300 friends and family in aid of Cardiac Risk in the Young.

35 local firemen from the Galway Fire Brigade also took part under the name Dara’s Crew.


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This was all done in memory of Dara (7yrs) and Kevin (9yrs) and Jack Treacy who all died suddenly from cardiac conditions. Brian Power from The Power Academy also presented Paul Power with a cheque for €480.00 from the proceeds of the show Oliver which ran last August during the Streets of Galway.

Michael Greene said “ This has been one of the largest fundraising events we have had with CRY to date. The time and effort put into this by both the Power and Treacy Families is greatly appreciated by CRY as is the generosity of the people of Galway.”

“STRAIGHT FROM THE CRATE” Benefit Night in Aid of Cry

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Claire McSweeney and her father, Pat McSweeney, organised a musical benefit night in aid of CRY. This was held  in memory of Paul McSweeney and Tony Ford who both died suddenly from cardiac conditions.

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Pat’s band Straight from the Crate provided the musical entertainment in Toners of Baggot Street on Friday 9th November and a great night was had by all.

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There was a huge turnout of both family and friends.  €1131.52 was raised on the night.

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A huge thank you to both Pat and Claire for choosing CRY to benefit from the musical evening.

Orla Durkan from CRY attended the event.


            Dr. David Mulcahy Accepting a Cheque from Kill Whistlers Running Group

Dr. David  Mulcahy, Consultant Cardiologist, Tallaght Hospital and Project Co-ordinator of CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) accepting a cheque for €1,500 from Susan Kelly and Kill Whistlers Running Group.  Huge thanks to each member of the Kill Whistlers Running Group and Dr. Phlip Aherne.         Photo;  Tony Keane.

Niall Gilmartin, pictured, from Shankill in Dublin competing in last week’s Dublin Marathon in aid of Cry.   Niall pictured at “heartbreak hill” completed his first marathon in a fantastic time of  4:09.
Niall lost a friend, Jenny O’Riordan in May 2002 and chose this event to fundraise in her memory.  Niall was supported on the day by family and friends including Jenny’s parents Kate and Jerry and brother JJ who were cheering him on as he passed their home in Terenure.
Donations came in online in support of Niall’s challenge from all over Ireland, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.   Huge thanks from Cry Ireland to Niall for remembering Jenny and raising funds and awareness for Cry in the 2012 Dublin Marathon. 


Niall raised over  €1,300.00 for Cry.

Perfect Pitch as Garda Band Concert Raises Over €1,300 at St. Mary’s School Fundraiser in aid of CRY

Study was off the cards last Tuesday night, (9th October) when the Garda Band came to St. Mary’s College in Rathmines to entertain and raise much needed funds for the charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young).


St. Mary’s students and parents flocked to the annual fundraiser in support of CRY.  Parents of students provided refreshments and home baked food for the band to enjoy beforehand to make sure there were no grumbling stomachs during the performance.


The Garda Band played a variety of songs including many of Michael Buble’s classics.  The band was joined by the St Mary’s Boys Choir for two songs and by one of the student’s mothers, Cathy McCreevy who also joined the band for two songs. 


Michael Greene, Chairman of CRY said, “It was a fantastic night with great music.  We would like to thank the St. Mary’s Parents Committee for putting so much work into organising the event, the boys choir and the Garda Band for providing top class musical performances on the night.”

Gormanlough Cycling Club Charity Cycle in memory of Ruth Maguire

A huge thank you to everyone at Gormanlough Cycling Club who raised €6,500 for CRY in memory of Ruth Maguire. Ruth Maguire died suddenly in November 2011 at the age of 14.

Members of the Gormanlough Cycling Club organised a charity cycle on Sunday 9th September. This involved an 80k, 50k and 15k fun cycle. Liz  and Aidan Maguire along with their son Luke and many friends and family took part in the 15k fun cycle. A great day was had by all, with all of the community contributing to the day from providing food and refreshments to bouncy castles for the kids!

Gormanlough Cycling Club Charity Cycle

Orla Durkan from CRY was presented with a cheque in the Gormanlough Inn on 4th October. CRY would like to also like to thank everyone who came out to support the cycle and to the Gormanlough Inn for hosting the event.

Waterford Cycle Raise €7,500 in aid of CRY

The GAZ Cycle 2012, in memory of Gary O’Keeffe, (Powerscourt, Waterford) was held on September 15th last, organised by friends and family of Gary, who died from Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) in 2010 aged 21.

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Over 70 cyclists took part to support the event in aid of CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young). Cyclists had a choice of undertaking 10k, 55k or 135k routes, beginning in Waterford and moving onto Passage East, Wexford, Enniscorthy and New Ross before finishing again in Waterford.  

Breda O’Keeffe said “We were delighted with the turn out for this event, initiated by Gary’s friends and with great support from our family and neighbours. It was an emotional but very rewarding day raising over €7,500 for CRY, a charity which provides medical screening and counselling to families affected by SCD and also treatment to those with worrying symptoms. The generosity and goodwill we received was truly remarkable and we plan to run the cycle again in September 2013.”

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Before joining the cycle on September 15th event, 2 of Garys friends, Darragh o’Keeffe and Conor Murphy cycled 1200kms around the coast of Ireland to again raise awareness and funds for CRY.

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Michael Greene, Chairman of CRY said, “A special thanks to Garys family and to all involved with The GAZ Cycle 2012 for this and other events which they have organised previously and which have acted as major fundraisers for CRY. For the past two years they have braced the icy sea on Christmas day at the Christmas Swim for Gary. It is events such as this that enable CRY to maintain its services.  We strongly value their support.”


Pictured below is Kiera Duffy from Dublin who completed the Half Marathon in the Phoenix Park on the 15th of September for Cry in a fantastic time of 1:56 – well done. 

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Kiera chose to fundraise for Cry and returned the fantastic sum of €570.10.

Kiera’s friends and families donated online and her employers – A & L Goodbody generously donated €150.00 in support!

Well done and huge thanks!


Tracy & Gillian

Pictured above are sisters Tracy Jennings and Gillian Deane who took part in the 31st Evening Echo Womens Mini Marathon on Sunday 16th September 2012 and raised €900.00 for Cry.

Tracy confirmed that the Charity is very chose to their hearts and they were delighted to be able to raise this fantastic sum for Cry.

The girls have confirmed that they will make the run an annual event for Cry.

Huge thanks from all at Cry Ireland.

Pat Meehan and Elaine O’Neill raise further funds for Cry.

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Elaine ONeill and Pat Meehan (pictured) once again organised an event to raise much needed funds for CRY by holding a quiz night in during the summer of 2013 in Dublin’s Laughter Lounge.

€1,100.00 was raised on the night. Elaine and Pat previously ran a hugely successful Ladies & Tramps Ball for CRY

Thanks to both for their continued support which is greatly appreciated.

Sunday 16th September saw over 10,000 ladies taking part in the 31st Evening Echo Cork Mini Marathon. CRY was delighted to have a small group of ladies running and walking the 4 miles.


First Home - Linda Byrne and Catherine Malone

First home for CRY-Linda Byrne and Catherine Moore.

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L-R Julie Sexton, Teresa O’Regan, Kerry Caufield, Catherine Malone, Linda Cullinane, Karen Harris,Rose Lucey,Eva Lucey& Kate Jennings. 

Linda Byrne and Catherine Malone were first home for CRY in 41 minutes. Marie Greene and Orla Durkan were there for CRY to greet all ladies after the race.

Food and refreshments were served for all taking part in the Clarion Hotel.  The sun finally came out and a great day was had by all. A huge thanks to everyone who took part.

Lucy O'Shea and Friends

L-R- Lucy O’Shea, Sinead Ronan, Clodagh Ronan, Liz Lenehan

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Tracy Jennings & Gillian Deane 


Earlier in the Summer, Ms. Mary Keenan opened her beautiful home in Ballincarrig House, Carlow to host a Tea Party fundraiser for CRY.
The event ,which was very well supported by friends and neighbours and supporters of CRY included face painting, a bouncy castle and other attractions and was a particular success for the many children who attended with their families.
Sean O'Brien, legendary rugby star with Leinster and Ireland was on hand to support the event as was Orla Durkan of CRY.
Pictured below is the cheque presentation ceremony which was held recently
CRY wishes to thank Mary for her very generous support thanks also to all those who supported the event.


Left to right: Michael Greene, Marie Greene, Tom Geoghegan, Aveen Harkin, Marian Geoghegan and Mary Keenan.



Marie Greene, Mary Keenan and Michael Greene.


The John Groome Memorial Golf Classic was held on Sunday 24th June 2012 in Knightsbrook Golf Club, Trim, County Meath.   Mary Groome, who organised the event was delighted with the turnout and the day was a great success.  €750.00 was raised at the event and donated to Cry.  Huge thanks to Mary and the Groome family for their continued support.



Pictured here recently in the Centre are Ken Pringle and Helen O’Donnell, Cardiac Nurse Specialist.
Ken dropped in to present Cry with €2,042.00 the proceeds of the Frankie Pringle Memorial Cup 2012, held this year on May 26th  2012.  The event is held annually to coincide with Frankie’s birthday (27th May).

This year 46 players competed for the cup – won by Dennis Cullen.   The day was a great success and ended with the prize giving and the hamper draw in the Gondola Pub in Newcastle.  A great day and night was had by all.   All players have confirmed they will be back next year to challenge Dennis for the Cup!

Special thanks to Cry to the Pringle Family, particularly Ken who ran the event and organised the day, the prizes and the prize giving.  Ken in turn would like to thank the following who generously supported the event and donated prizes, drinks, hampers – Masterair Services Ltd., Movianto; Elizabeth Arden Cosmetics, Central Pumps Supplies Ltd., O’Donnell/Allen Construction; Lynskey Maintenance; Jimmy Leonard; Colm McLoughlin Architects; Gleeson Group Drinks Distributors; Gondola Pub Newcastle and their patrons and Millicent Golf Club, Clane, County Kildare.




Meteors BasketBall Club, Dublin donate to Cry for Sean’s Bucket List

Meteors Basketball Club’s Club Day was held on Sunday 22nd April 2012.  The Presentation of Prizes took place in Fillies, Club 92, Leopards on the Sunday night –  and through Ms. Lisa Timmons of Meteors the raffle was held in aid of Cry Ireland.  €500.00 was raised on the night and was donated to Cry in June 2012 for  Sean’s Bucket List’ – Jacqui Hurley & family’s challenge in memory of Sean Hurley.  Thanks from Cry Ireland to Lisa Timmons for nominating Cry and to all who supported the event and donated so generously.



Monies raised from the Sales of the “Smaointe Filiochta” Poetry Book
donated by Piper’s Hill College, Naas, County Kildare.

“Smaointe Filiochta”  - is a poetry book and a collection of Irish poetry, composed and written by students in Piper’s Hill College, in Naas, County Kildare.

The school recently launched and sold the book and all  the monies raised were very generously donated by the pupils to Cry.

Ms. Mary Gill of Piper’s Hill College, Naas, County Kildare presented Cry with €350.00 with a note “Continued good wishes for the fantastic work you do in your Centre”.

Tanya and Orla complete the Gaelforce Connemara Adventure Challenge

12th May 2012 saw Tanya Hanrahan and Orlaith Fitzgerald from Dublin heading to Connemara to compete in and successful complete the Gaelforce Connemara Adventure Challenge – a 31k gruelling event.

The girls completed the event and were delighted with their times – in taking part they raised the fantastic sum of €492.00 for Cry. Huge thanks from Cry to both Tanya and Orlaith.

Lansdowne FC support Cry at their Annual Ladies Day

Thanks from Cry to the Social Committee Organisers from Lansdowne FC, Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4 who chose Cry as one of their beneficiaries for their Annual Ladies Day, held in the Club on 21st April 2012.

Cry Ireland and Enable Ireland were the two Charities chosen for 2012.

Lansdowne FC donated €500.00 to Cry following the successful event which Mr. Michael Greene, Chairman attended.

Ciaran’s special legacy
Family of tragic young footballer hand over €21K cheque to CRY
By Lynda O’Donoghue
Tallaght Echo Thursday 26 April 2012

The family of Round Towers GAA player Ciaran Carr who passed away suddenly in January have raised more than €21,000 for the CRY Unit in Tallaght Hospital in memory of their talented son.

The 20 year old had organized his 21st birthday party just days before He collapsed and died during a training session in Clondalkin on January 20.

Members of the GAA club, the wider community and close friends and family were in shock when news spread that the popular young man who also worked at The Laurels Pub had passed away.

In his memory, Ciaran’s father Philip and mother Gemma along with extended family and friends held a fundraiser on the night of his planned party – raising the huge sum for the life saving unit in Tallaght.

Philip told The Echo: “It was way beyond our expectations – it is such a great figure.  We were very happy to get that amount.”

The aim of the fundraising night – which was held in March to coincide with what would have been Ciaran’s 21st birthday – was to “raise as much as possible for the CRY Unit in honour of Ciaran, according to his dad.

The family, supported by friends, teammates and club mates of Ciaran, managed to do just that with the “outstanding amount” presented to the CRY Unit on Tuesday evening.

Although there was no admission fee for the fundraiser, the family still managed to raise the staggering amount through the generosity of those present and those who donated money in memory of Ciaran.

During the night there was a monster raffle with tickets costing €5 which also raised a huge amount of money for the cause.

Philip handed over the cheque for more than €21,000 to representatives of the CRY Unit in Tallaght Hospital in Round Towers GAA Club where the event was held and the place where Ciaran spent so much of his free time – on Tuesday evening.

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Round Towers GAA Present The Cheque to CRY.ie

Fintan Walshe successfully completes the 2012 London Marathon for Cry.

Fintan Walshe

Fintan Walshe recently completed, successfully, his challenge for Cry – the 2012 London Marathon.   Fintan (pictured here) raised the amazing sum of €1,788 for Cry.    Fintan tells his own story here in his own words:

“Marathon completed, body recovered I just wanted to thank you and everyone at CRY and those who followed and supported the marathon effort (literally).

A fantastic occasion and event in ways I had not considered beforehand particularly the level of support and sense of occasion. Time slower than I hoped but crossing the finish line was a very special feeling.

Whilst I am writing about my experience it was made possible by many. Particularly I would like to thank Lucia, Michael and Marie at CRY for their energetic support. Yvonne and my family for continuous support throughout. A massive debt of gratitude to everyone who donated and followed on Facebook.

Colin my partner in crime deserves special mention as despite suffering chronic back trouble on mile 14 walked the rest of the way to finish again in support of CRY. In my opinion these stories are often more inspiring that feats of time achievement.

One final trawl for any stragglers to donate to CRY online at www.cry.ie.

It has been a pleasure for Yvonne and I to fund raise for CRY and this has been our 3rd event. Each event has increased in scale and commitment. Reluctant to contemplate what's next!

Finally and importantly our support to CRY is in memory of Gary and recognition of the very important work CRY undertakes to raise awareness and screening of the young.

I encourage anyone considering fund raising activity for CRY to do so.

Once again THANK YOU to everyone for support and donations.

Kind regards


Huge thanks from CRY to Fintan for his ongoing support of the work of the Charity.

Mason family from Kilkenny hold successful Cabaret Night for Cry

Mason Family

Saturday 14th April saw Music by Shanragh at The Salmon Pool, Thomastown, County Kilkenny – organised by Caroline Mason and her extended family.   The night was a huge success and followed some bag packing at SuperValu in Thomastown in early March.  The event was given great local support and Caroline was delighted with the turnout on the night.  The proceeds of both events were donated recently in the Centre to Cry – the amazing sum of €3,038.00.   

Pictured are some of the younger members of the Mason family with Dr. Deirdre Ward, Director of the  Centre along with Dr. David Coleman, Paediatric Consultant Cardiologist.

Donation from Univar Ireland

John McCluskey is pictured with Helen O’Donnell in the CRYP Centre handing over Univar’s donation of €500.00.

John works at Univar, a leading global distributor of industrial and speciality chemicals based in Dublin.  The company which employs 40 people in Ireland, donates funds to four local charities and community schemes in Ireland every year under the Univar Giving Scheme.

John said, “I have been a patient at the CRYP Centre for three years now and have always found the staff and cardiologist to be nothing but helpful and of a caring nature.  I recently donated in lieu of wedding favours to CRY and a close friend will run the Women’s Mini Marathon for CRY in June.  It made perfect sense to nominate CRY as a worthy charity to receive funding from Univar.  I am delighted that they chose CRY as it is obviously very important to me as a patient.  I know that the CRYP is solely funded by CRY with no government support so this funding is going towards keeping this vital service going.”

We would like to thank John and everyone at Univar for this kind donation.



Colin Babe completes the 2012 London Marathon for Cry

Pictured below are the amazing Colin Babe and Fintan Walshe who both successfully completed the 2012 London Marathon for Cry.   Colin who is from Tallanstown, Dundalk, County Louth completed the race in 6 hours 40 minutes despite chronic back trouble on mile 14 and walked the rest of the way to finish in support of Cry. Colin on his return to Dublin donated €1,000.00 to Cry - huge huge thanks to Colin.  We greatly appreciate the huge donation and the personal challenge.



The Rory Hegarty memorial Tournament was a great success at Leicester Celtic, Nutgrove, Dublin recently where the late student was honoured with an exciting match, which saw Ballyboden winning 2-1 against Rathfarnham.   Rory’s family and friends attended the match cheering on the teams.  The day was a great success and €210.00 was donated to Cry.   Huge thanks to all who supported the Hegarty family and the event.

Heart Patient Successfully Nominates CRY for Univar Funding

John McCluskey from Tallaght and now living in Lucan has successfully nominated CRY as an Irish charity close to his heart for his employers, Univar to donate funding of €500. 

John McCluskey has been a patient at the Centre for Cardiac Risk in the Young in Tallaght Hospital for three years due to his minor heart problem.  He regularly goes to the clinic for cardiac evaluation. 

John works at Univar, a leading global distributor of industrial and speciality chemicals based in Dublin.  The company which employs 40 people in Ireland, donates funds to four local charities and community schemes in Ireland every year under the Univar Giving Scheme. 

Hayley Lamper from Univar said, “In the UK and Ireland we have sponsored the Teenage Cancer Trust for many years and raised a significant amount for this worthy cause.  Univar Giving was recently launched in Ireland and the UK as a way to help on a smaller scale and really get involved in our local communities and projects.  Our employees nominate the charities and in many instances are themselves involved.  Univar is always keen to be active in our local communities and this is a very positive way to support our many initiatives around Corporate Social Responsibility.”

John said, “I have been a patient at the CRYP Centre for three years now and have always found the staff and cardiologist to be nothing but helpful and of a caring nature.  I recently donated in lieu of wedding favours to CRY and a close friend will run the Women’s Mini Marathon for CRY in June.  It made perfect sense to nominate CRY as a worthy charity to receive funding from Univar.  I am delighted that they chose CRY as it is obviously very important to me as a patient.  I know that the CRYP is solely funded by CRY with no government support so this funding is going towards keeping this vital service going.”

We would like to thank John and everyone at Univar for this kind donation.

Straffan National School, Straffan, County Kildare – Donate to Cry

Huge thanks to the Ms. Ryan’s Sixth Class in Straffan National Scool, County Kildare who recently donated €181.70 to Cry from their Confirmation Monies.    We received the following letter ;-

We are in Sixth Class, Straffan National School.  We recently made our confirmation and because we got a lot of money we all decided to bring in an amount for two charities and we picked C.R.Y. and Debra.  We are going to be donating €181.70 towards your charity,

Yours sincerely,

Aoife Timmons
Sixth Class

Cry Ireland greatly appreciates the generosity of the girls – each and every one of them is amazing for thinking of two charities on their special day.

John Doyle’s awareness campaign sees the League of Ireland Players Tog Out for CRY

Following on from the collapse of Bolton footballer Fabrice Muamba from cardiac arrest on the field on St. Patrick’s Day, League of Ireland players warmed up for their matches in CRY t-shirts to raise awareness for CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) last weekend, 30th and 31st March 2012. 

Last September John Doyle, (27) from Inchicore, collapsed on the pitch while playing in the Leinster League with St Patrick’s Athletic FC.  At the time he had no idea that he had a heart condition.  He was revived by defibrillator and brought to Tallaght Hospital becoming a patient at the Centre for Cardiac Risk in the Young funded by the charity CRY.  Doyle has decided to run an awareness and fundraising weekend for the charity by encouraging League of Ireland players to warm up wearing a CRY t-shirt this weekend while he and other volunteers collect funds for the charity in the stands at the games. 

Eight matches took place on the last weekend of March.  Bohemians, St. Patrick’s Athletic, Sligo Rovers, Dundalk, Cork City, Bray, Drogheda, Derry, Wexford, Mervue, Shelbourne, Monathan and UCD have all agreed to wear the t-shirts before their matches.  St. Patrick’s Athletic players Ger O’Brien and Conor Kenna have gotten behind John to support the weekend.  Ger O’Brien underwent a minor procedure to correct a valve problem he had in his heart after screening, making the cause extra important to him. 

Ger said, “On Saturday evening I got a text from Brendan Clarke asking me did I see what had happened to Fabrice Muamba. I was away from the TV so obviously I hadn't. My first reaction was to go on twitter to try to find out what was going on. Going over the timeline I started to realise how serious this was. Like most I was glued to the TV and twitter waiting for some news. First news came in that he was stable then a statement revealed he was critically ill. It looked as if sudden adult death syndrome was about to rear its ugly head again.”

Conor Kenna said, “I am delighted to be able to get involved with raising awareness for CRY.  It has been highlighted in the news lately between football and Gaelic but this can happen to anybody across all sports, with a lot of cases not making the news.  It is important to make people aware to limit the affect it has on families.  I know, first hand that the screenings and care are top class as I am currently attending due to a cardiac issue which was discovered when the FAI brought screening in a few years ago.”

John Doyle, organiser of the awareness weekend said, “I was playing for St. Patrick's Athletic FC in the Leinster senior league when I collapsed last September. Our game was roughly 15 minutes in when I started to struggle breathing, I started to feel dizzy and I couldn't see properly. I got to my hunkers and signalled to the sideline of my problem and the next thing I remember is being wheeled into a ward in Tallaght hospital later that evening. It started of as a normal Sunday morning preparing for a game, having a laugh with team-mates and doing a warm up. What happened next changed my life forever.

I had never heard of the CRY unit prior to my stay in hospital but I feel I owe my life to this amazing cardiac team. On Paddy's day gone I was watching the Bolton game at home, I got a call to go to see my mother. While in my mothers I got a Facebook mail from a friend to say that Fabrice Muamba had collapsed. I immediately put on sky sports news to realise the horror of what happened. I returned home to continue watching breaking news. As a Bolton fan myself I was naturally upset but as a victim as well I could feel my heart sink. To be honest I broke down in tears as I feared the worst for the kid. I realised straight away that this was a cardiac arrest. When I heard the news that Fabrice was in fact now stable I managed to show a smile but I still knew that it was all ahead of him. I wish him all the best in his recovery.”

Due to his condition, John can no longer play football which was difficult news to hear.  He is still closely linked to football however and has dedicated a large amount of time to raise money for CRY which receives no government funding.  He also plans to have a sponsored cycle taking place on exercise bikes in Liffey Valley Shopping Centre and The Square in Tallaght and also will take on a sponsored hike up Croke Patrick with ten friends later this year. 

If you would like to support John please click on DONATE NOW.  CRY would like to thank John Doyle for giving up so much time to organise this fantastic event and the LOI blog for their support in promoting awareness of the weekend.

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The Health Services Staffs Credit Union recently donated €1,000.00 to Cry.  This is the second year that Cry have received a donation.  Orla O’Mahony, Marketing & Development Officer confirmed that the Education, Planning and Development Committee – comprised of members  of the Board of Directors had met and approved the donation – Cry Ireland greatly appreciates the generosity of the staff and management involved.



Josephine Leddy of Butlersbridge, Cavan organised a Pub Quiz in aid of Cry in Con’s Lounge on the 24th of March.  The night was a great success and Josephine was delighted with the local support and turnout.  €650.00 was raised on the night and recently donated to Cry. Huge thanks to all concerned.

Donation to CRY

Crumlin CIC – Citizens Information of Sundrive Road, Dublin 12 made a donation of €50.00 in February 2012 to Cry Ireland in memory of Clare McCloskey RIP -  greatly appreciated.

Victoria Garden Asian Cuisine – Chinese New Year Fundraiser

The Victoria Garden Asian Cuisine Restaurant from Johnstown, Naas, County Kildare during the recent Chinese New Year held a fundraiser in their Restaurant.  Charities were nominated by customers and a number of charities chosen – Cry was nominated by Dr. David Moore and was one of the chosen charities.   Mrs Stella Choi sent to Cry €460.00.  The monies were donated by all involved in memory of Ciaran Carr who died suddenly in January 2012.

BCW Group based in Blanchardstown Corporate Park, Dublin 15 have a “DRESS DOWN” day each month on payday and all funds raised are donated to a charity nominated by staff members.  In January 2012 CRY were nominated by a staff member who had lost a family friend to SCD - €133.05 was donated to CRY – HUGE THANKS to all!

 Christmas Donation

Hayes Solicitors, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2 in 2011 decided that in lieu of sending Christmas Cards they would make a charitable donation instead and for 2011 chose CRY. David Phelan the Managing Partner forwarded €500.00 to Cry with the best wishes of the Partners and Staff for our fundraising.

Huge thanks to all concerned!

Pub Quiz in the Baggott Inn for CRY

Thursday 10th November 2011 saw the Baggott Inn with a maximum capacity crowd for a Pub Quiz for CRY – Stephen Mc Morrow and David Shaw along with a group of friends and supporters held a hugely successful Pub Quiz – they had amazing prizes and auction items – a signed Dublin Jersey went under the hammer for €500.00.    Stephen subsequently donated the total proceeds of the night - €3,174.80!

Well done – and HUGE THANKS.

The pictures below show Stephen, David, David Crosby, Mark Jacobs, Richard Keogh, William Peat, Jamie White, and Gareth (Manager of the Baggott Inn).

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St Mary’s College Rathmines Fundraiser for CRY

It was billed as an “Evening of Music with the Garda Band” and it didn’t disappoint!   Tuesday 11th October saw the Garda Band take to the stage in the Fr. Barry Hall in Rathmines for a fantastic night of music and entertainment!  The Band performed and entertained the parents and families of pupils who supported the night.  Fr. Jim  McNulty and his Organising Committee did a fantastic job and a great night was had by all – pictured is one of the guard’s who gave Michael Buble a run for his money on the night!   The total raised and donated to CRY was €2,520.00.   Michael Greene and Lucia Ebbs attended on the night and Michael spoke to the parents to express his thanks for his support and to explain the workings of CRY and the CRYP Centre.

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Autoline in Non Uniform Day for CRY.

Autoline Insurance Group recently ran a company-wide non-uniform day to raise money for CRY.  Autoline chose CRY as one of its charities to support in 2011 following one of the company’s Newry Staff Orla Fegan tragically losing her brother-in-law Kevin Fegan to sudden cardiac death.

Michael Greene and Lucia Ebbs visited the offices in Newry to thank Autoline and the staff and were presented with a cheque for CRY.

Oona Dowling of Gathabawn, County Kilkenny celebrated a milestone birthday in July this year – 50!

On the night of her party Oona requested no gifts or presents for herself – instead Oona requested that her family and friends make a donation to CRY Ireland and they raised the incredible sum of €1,615.00 which Oona donated. Oona dedicated this in memory of her late brother Billy O’Neill of Instiogue, County Carlow.

Thanks from CRY to Oona for her very generous offer and special thanks too to her family and friends for their generous support.


Pictured above is Oona (in the purple dress) surrounded by her family.

Laura O’Connor Brayden held a Coffee Morning in her home in Clontarf, Dublin 3 for CRY in November 2011. The morning was a great success and Laura received wonderful support from her family, friends and neighbours – raising €410.00 for CRY on the day. 

Neil Gissane and Brian Maguire both successfully completed the 2011 Dublin City Marathon for CRY. Brian finished in 4 hours 5 minutes and Neil completed it in 5 hours, 11 minutes.

Both lads were pleased with their times and enjoyed the day!  Jointly Neil and Brian have raised €1,688.00 for CRY. Well done to both and huge thanks and appreciation for some amazing fundraising on our behalf.



Pictured here is Fred Martin from Dublin who completed the Dublin City Marathon on 31st October for CRY – Fred is a veteran to marathons and this year undertook to fundraise too! Coming home in an amazing time of 4 hours, 17 minutes – raising €582.00 too! A great personal achievement and some amazing fundraising for CRY!    



THANK YOU to Niall Carty from Dublin who undertook and completed the 8 Mile Road Race in the Phoenix Park on Saturday 12th November 2011 for CRY. Niall took the challenge in memory of his friend Francis Leonard (RIP). Niall raised €410.00 in sponsorship monies for cry – THANKS NIALL! 

Special thanks from CRY to Grainne McQuade (nee Fegan) who in November 2011 completed a further 10K Run for CRY – greatly appreciated. 

Friends Emma Blade and Michelle Divilly took to the streets of Galway for the Galway Mini Marathon on 26th June 2011 – together they raised in excess of €400.00 for CRY – many thanks girls!  We hope that Emma and Michelle will join the CRY team again in 2012.

Pub Quiz Fundraiser for CRY

The Carey family from Drumnagh, Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim recently organised a Pub Quiz in aid of CRY. Michelle, Brenda with the support of their family and friends organised the night and all of the proceeds were generously donated to CRY. It was held on 25th August 2011 and the Carey family along with CRY would like to thank all who contributed.  

Thanks must go to the Burke family for hosting the event in their pub and providing refreshments. Thanks also to the fantastic quiz master Mary Daly for all her help and support, to all the businesses who contributed spot prizes for the raffle and to all those who gave donations. Special thanks to everyone who turned up on the night and made it a great success. Many thanks from the Careys and CRY to the winning team who donated their prize money of €100 back into the fund. 

In total the fantastic sum of 2,440.00 Euro was raised on the night and donated to CRY.

Louise Hoey from Ballyfermot, Dublin 10 along with her family organised a Stand Up Comedy Night for CRY.  The event was held in the Ha’penny Lounge, Dublin 2 on 25th August.    Over 15 comedians performed on the night which was a huge success.  €325.70 was raised and donated to CRY.   Special thanks to Louise and all her family and friends who supported the night.

 Pictured are Neil and Grainne Swinburne on their wedding day with their beautiful sons Fionn and Conal.

Neil Swinburne and Grainne Brady were married on Friday 23rd September 2011.    In lieu of ‘wedding favors’ Neil and Grainne made a very generous donation of €250.00 to CRY.  They also made a similar donation to a cancer charity.   Their wedding took  place in the Bridge House Hotel in Tullamore.   We wish Neil and Grainne all the best for a wonderful life together.


Pictured are Stephanie Devine and Brendan Deady who celebrated their marriage in the Radisson Hotel, Limerick on the 23rd of July 2011.  In lieu of ‘wedding favors’ Stephanie and Brendan made  a very generous donation to CRY – we hope that they had a wonderful day and have a very happy future.    Many thanks.

Gaelforce West – August 2011
Pictured here are Joe and John Timmons, wonderful supporters of CRY who have this year continued to fundraise for CRY.  Last year along with family, friends and colleagues they undertook a 160 klm sponsored cycle.  This year they went west! Joe and John took  part in the Gaelforce West in August.

Gaelforce West is the largest one day adventure race of its kind in the world. It is a multi-sport adventure race involving cycling, running, hiking and kayaking.

The course of approximately 67km stretches from the stunning Glassilaun beach to Westport. En route there are some significant obstacles to cross, including Killary Harbour and the famous holy mountain of Croagh Patrick. 

The picture shows the brothers at the finish line with their medals – looking very fresh after their challenge!  Joe & John completed the event in just 7 hours for CRY which was a fantastic achievement and we are extremely grateful.




Thank you to the Management and Staff at Citibank – Citi recently donated €375.00 to CRY.   Nicola Harte who works in Citi took part in the Cork Marathon on 6th June and raised the fantastic sum of €750.00.   In support of Nicola Citi made their donation – CRY greatly appreciated the generosity of all involved.

Military Fun Run in London

On Saturday 26th March 2011 Majella Costello organised a group of friends to take part in a Military Fun Run in London in memory of the late Sarah Malone from Kilconnell.

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Those who took part were , Fergus McMahon, Enda Cassidy (also from Kilconnell)Sheila McCarthy, Mary Sweeney, Niamh Mckenna, Majella Costello,  Sarah’s sister Amy Malone and Graham Seaton, Caroline Rynne, Kirsty Byrne. Majella, Caroline, Niamh, Kirsty and Mary are all members off Clonbony Ladies GAA club www.clonbonyladiesgaa.co.uk and it was through the GAA Club that Majella got the group to take part in the “Fun Run”!

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Special thanks too must go to  Tir Chonaill Gaels (football club) l Greenford, Middlesex, who gave the group  the use of the  club mini bus to travel to the race, and Tracy and Gerry McDaid from Gerry Macs Pub, Greenford road, Greenford, who had soup and sandwiches ready for us to warm  on the  way back.

A total of €1,100 was raised and donated in Sarah’s memory to CRY.



Pictured here are Adele Hanevy and her husband Tadhg Hayes taking part in the Triathlone held on 2nd July.   Adele and Tadhg completed the event in a fantastic time.  Adele has undertaken a number of events for CRY including past Triathlones and the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon – Adele took part again in the 2011 Mini Marathon event with her mother, sister, sister in law and a huge group of ladies from Athlone – thanks to all!

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Gearoid Dunton and Danny Dineen held a Charity Gig in aid of CRY on January 22nd at the Deanrock Bar and raised €770.00 for CRY – huge thanks lads!   Music group “The Chancers” hosted an evening of dancing, music and fun.  The gig featured five talented groups - the night was a great success and enjoyed by all who attended.  The proceeds were divided between The Marymount Hospice and CRY Ireland.



Many thanks from CRY to Jacqui O'Shea of Waterville, County Kerry who undertook a 165klm Cycle of the Ring of Kerry on 2nd July and raised €660.00 for CRY .



Mount Anville Montessori Junior School in the academic year 2010/2011 ran some fundraising events – including their annual Sponsored Dance. €300.00 was donated to CRY by the students.



Jerry O'Hara of O'Hara's Bar, North Main Street Bandon, County Cork recently held a number of fundraising events and donated €500.00 from the proceeds to CRY – many thanks to Jerry, the staff and customers who supported the events.  



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Pictured above are Anne Marie Cullen and Peter Murphy at their wedding on Saturday 4th June 2011.  Peter and Anne Marie celebrated the day in Roganstown Golf and Country Club.   In lieu of wedding favors they made a very generous donation to CRY.

Many thanks and best wishes from CRY for a long and happy marriage.



Thanks to Sarah Carey of Belmullet County Mayo who completed the Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon 10K event on 1st May 2011 and raised €151.00 for CRY – well done and thank you!



Big thanks to John McCluskey and Ciara Keegan

John McCluskey and Ciara Keegan (pictured) got married on the 20th of May 2011 and held their reception in the beautiful surroundings of the Seafield Hotel, Ballymoney, Wexford – in lieu of wedding favours John & Ciara very generously made a donation to CRY – many thanks and best wishes from CRY – we wish Ciara and John every happiness for the future.





Huge thanks to Martin & Eileen O’Halloran


Huge thanks to Martin & Eileen O’Halloran for hosting a COFFEE MORNING for CRY on Sunday 26th June at their home in Callan – thanks for making your home available for us – thanks too to Helen O’Donnell and Darren Connaughton for travelling to Kilkenny and helping out on the day. The fantastic sum of €1,247.37 was raised and donated to CRY!



The Frankie Pringle Memorial Cup 2011

The Annual Frankie Pringle Memorial Cup was held on Saturday 28th of May in Millicent Golf Club in Clane, County Kildare. It was a singles stableford competition and 51 golfers played on the day.

The prizes for the event were very generously sponsored by Richie Calanan, Liam Kenny, Patrick Kelly and Ken Pringle. Special thanks too to Shay Grey for supplying refreshments on the day for the golfers. Gerry Kane, Joe Bennett, Pat Fitzgerald, Keith O’Connor and Fergus and Siobhan Smith supplied the prizes for the night.

The results were as follows :-   
1st Darren McGoldrick with 39 pts.

2nd Tommy McGrath  37 pts.   

3rd Joe Kennedy  36pts.  

4th Paul O’Connor  35pt.

5th Charlie Doherty  35pts.

6th Dermot Devoy   34pts.

7th Harry Tuite Junior  33 pts.

8th Dave Kelly   33pts.


Visitors’ prize went to Martin Forlan with 35 pts. 

Nearest the pin – Charlie Doherty and the longest drive was won by Shay Grey.

The Pringle Family would like to thank everybody who supported the outing, attended the night and supported the raffle that was held in the Gondola Pub in Newcastle after the outing.

The event was a huge success and will be Annual Event in the CRY Calendar.

Pictured in The Gondola at the event are Marie Greene, Trustee of CRY, Ken Pringle and family and friends. Ken presented Marie with the proceeds from the day - €1,905.00.





Huge thanks to the 5th Year Students of Colaiste na Coiribe, Tuam Road in Galway who recently donated over €200.00 to CRY – the students held a Cinema Day as part of their LCVP Programme with the help of Ms. Brid N Dhonncha. This is the second event the group have organised for CRY having lost a young friend to SCD. CRY greatly appreciates the support and awareness.



Aoife Ferris of Castlecomer, County Kilkenny recently organised a 3 day collection for CRY at her school – Castlecomer Community School with the help of her Principal Mr. Seamus O’Connor.   Aoife told us “We had collections for three days and it was announced on the intercom.  All of the staff and pupils were very supportive as most of them know of somebody who has passed away or been affected from or by sudden cardiac death”. Almost €300.00 was raised and recently donated – many thanks to Aoife, Mr. O’Connor and all of the pupils and staff for their generosity.






Linda Croston completes Cork Marathon for CRY



Linda Croston pictured above took part in the Cork Marathon on Monday 6th June 2011 for CRY in memory of her good friend Kieran Hegarty (recently deceased, RIP). Linda originally planned to take part in the half marathon but In the end, due to entry restrictions on the half marathon ended up entering a two man relay team, named Crossgannon, to complete the full 26.2 miles. Linda completed 16.5 miles in 2hrs 24mins with her team mate, Kathy Kilgannon, completed 9.7 miles and they came over the line in 3hrs 53mins. Well done to both Linda & Kathy. Linda has raised over 500 for CRY – many many thanks!    
Linda is now planning to get a group together for the Cork Mini Marathon due to take place in September 2011.





Many thanks to Thomas Burgess from Tallaght


Many thanks to Thomas Burgess from Tallaght, Dublin 24 who recently raised €350.00 and donated to CRY.

CRY greatly appreciates the awareness this has raised and the contribution to the Charity – many thanks.




Munsterconnaught Foroige Club, Co. Cavan, held a pancake sale outside the local shop on Pancake Tuesday, 8 March, in memory of Sean O’Brien. It was a great success … despite the wet and miserable weather, over €800 was raised for CRY. A raffle held by Munsterconnaught Gaelic Football Club boosted the total to €1,070. The people of this small rural community are always extremely generous in supporting good causes. 

We are very grateful to everyone involved, and especially to Sarah Embley, who was the driving force.

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Pictured are Sheena Buttimer and Lara Costelloe at the finish line of the Cahir Fun Run which took place in Cahir, County Tipperary  on 23rd April 2011.


Sheena Buttimer and Lara Costelloe

The girls very proudly took last place!  Well done -  Better times next year girls!



Special thanks to the 4th Year Students of Blackrock College - pupils of  Ms. Roisin McCann  (49 Religion) in Blackrock College, Blackrock, County Dublin who recently donated €200.00 to CRY.

The students entered a competition run by Mission Alive. The students wrote essays, poems and drew pictures as part of the competition.

As a group the students very generously decided to donate their winnings to charity and after some consideration chose CRY to help support the Screening Centre based in Tallaght Hospital.

CRY is very grateful to receive the support from 49 Religion in Blackrock College – THANK YOU.




Waxing for CRY – Oouch!

Pictured here is Padraic Finn of Dublin who is currently living in New Zealand having his legs waxed for CRY!  Padraic chose 16th April 2011 which was the first anniversary of his brother Andrew’s sudden death.   Andrew died suddenly at the age of 28. A good friend Richie Docherty from Scotland suffered the same pain for CRY.

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Padraic confirmed that huge numbers attended to watch the event (mainly women we guess!) and to donate – the waxing took place in “The Green Man Pub” owned by a fellow Irish man, Ciaran O’Kelly from Sligo.  Sarah Penny did the waxing.  Jacqueline Crumlish another Irish girl who manages the bar organised the posters, raffles etc., and Padraic has asked that we thank Sarah Murphy, Sarah Penny, Jacqueline and Ciaran in particular for their support.

All in all $2,100 dollars were raised!

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Padraic has not yet confirmed that he will make it an annual event though ..


Many thanks Padraic and Richie from everybody at CRY Ireland.



Many thanks from everybody in CRY to Seamus Donovan and all of Fran Leonard’s friends and colleagues from Intel who recently donated €800.00 to CRY following on from their second annual fundraiser in both golf and football.

CRY greatly appreciates the continued support from Intel – many thanks to all involved.  

Thanks too from Elsa and Greg who greatly appreciate that Fran is remembered in this way.


The winners of the 2010 Fran Leonard Memorial Crossbar Challenge, pictured below are:

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Tom Sullivan, Brian Buckley and Alan Burke.



The Fran Leonard Memorial Golf Competition was held on 24th September in Knightsrook Golf Club, Trim, County Meath and had a great turnout.

Pictured below is the winner of the Fran Leonard Memorial Claret Jug – Aidan Quirke.
2nd Place on the day went to Paul Mooney and 3rd Harry May.

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Thanks to DENISE HAUGHEY pictured above who recently completed the Great Ireland Run for CRY.




Special thanks to Sinead Farrell of Dublin



Special thanks to Sinead Farrell of Dublin who recently undertook the Great Ireland Run for CRY.

See Sinead’s progress during the race - View Slde Show

Well done Sinead and Thank You from everybody at CRY.




Special thanks to Madeline Byrne of New York


Special thanks to Madeline Byrne of New York who recently donated €800.00 to CRY in memory of her cousin Sarah Malone.  Madelne held a number of events in New York and sent CRY the proceeds – thank you!




Catherine Nolan climbs Kilimanjaro for CRY
February 2011

Catherine Nolan of Kilkenny recently returned from her climb of Mount Kilimanjaro.  Catherine chose to fundraise for CRY in memory of her cousin Nicola Dowling who died suddenly in November 2008 and raised €880.00 for CRY.   Below are Catherine’s own words of her experience.

“A few years ago I got the idea to climb Kilimanjaro - The highest Mountain in Africa (5895m) And eventually in February this year I got around to it.
Not sure why or where the idea came from but the more people I told the more I felt I just had to do it...

I set off on the 18th February and started my 7 day hike on the 21st February and I joined a group of 7 other hikers from around the world.

Each morning up at 7am start hiking from 8am until lunch and than another hike in the afternoon total about 6/7 hours per day.

Day 5 was the assent night 4 hours walking in the morning, bed in the afternoon try get a few hours sleep before we set off for our summit night climb,  It took almost 13 hours to get to Uhuru Peak 5898m..We were there for about 10 mins even through it took us nearly 13 hours to get there it was -25degrees at the top and really really windy

So another 4 hours got us back down and then had a little rest and another 20km hike to get down to a lower camp for the night.

It was the biggest thing I have ever took on board and was such an achievement to get to the top,  You have about 40% less oxygen at the top so every step is a struggle..But the sense of achievement was well worth it and so emotional at the top.

It’s great to find out how much you can push yourself to achieve what ever you want”.

Michael Greene of CRY thanked Catherine on behalf of himself and all of the Trustees of CRY for the huge personal effort and the fantastic fundraising and awareness for CRY.

First Glimps Kilimanjaro
First Glimps

Kilimanjaro Always in Sight
Kilimanjaro Always In Sight
Day 1
Day 1
Day 3
Day 3
Views On The Way Up
Views On The Way Up

Gilmans Point Nearly There
Gilmans Point Nearly There

Finally the Top
Finally The Top

On The Way Back Down
On The Way Back Down