Tommy Fegan, Chairman of CRY Ireland and Tomás O’Leary appeared on Ireland AM on Monday 30th July ahead of the Ardfield Summer Festival ‘A Night With Sporting Legends’ happening on Tuesday August 7th in aid of CRY.
During the interview, Tommy discussed his own family’s experiences with CRY. It is estimated that sixty to eighty young people will die of Sudden Cardiac Death every year. Tommy’s son Kevin is among those to have lost their lives from the condition. Kevin Feegan, a music technology lecturer, died in 2008 at the age of just 24. Tommy and his wife Ann found themselves at the CRYP (cardiovascular risk in younger persons) Centre in Tallaght Hospital:
“What we got from CRY was a very supportive environment of the staff in Tallaght.”
Tommy hopes to see a more proactive screening programme introduced into schools in partnership with voluntary and sports organisations.
Tommy was joined on the programme by international rugby star Tomás O’Leary. The former Munster and Ireland scrum half will be appearing alongside fellow sports stars Brid Corkery, Donal Lenihan, Tomás O’Sea and many more at the Ardfield Summer Festival on Tuesday 7th August for A Night With Sporting Legends. Proceeds from the event, held at the Festival Marquee, Ardfield Mountain House, Clonakilty, Cork will go to CRY.
If you are in the Republic of Ireland you can watch the interview in full here.