Great support for Tipp special athletes

A huge crowd of twenty-two tables took part in a fundraising table quiz for Scoil Aonghusa’s athletes taking part in the 2014 Special Olympics.

A huge crowd of twenty-two tables took part in a fundraising table quiz for Scoil Aonghusa’s athletes taking part in the 2014 Special Olympics.

“Last September we got a call from, Scoil Aonghusa P.E teacher Geraldine Ryan Meagher with the exciting news regarding the Special Olympics that our 10-year old son, Joe, was selected to compete in Motor activities for the National games in June this year,” said Yvonne Kelly from Donaskiegh.

“My husband Liam and I took the opportunity to hold a fundraising night to give something back to Scoil Aonghusa for the great work they do on a daily basis.”

The table quiz was held in January in Noel Ryan’s Bar, Tipperary, which is run by Joe’s uncle Paul Kelly and his wife Mary. There was great support for the event with people coming from Liam and Yvonne’s home parish of Donaskeigh and support from their home places Lattin and Templetuohy.

“We raised €4160 which all goes towards providing kit, food and accommodation for the eleven Scoil Aonghusa’s athletes, their coaches and the volunteers heading to the National games in the University of Limerick from June 12 to June 15,” said Liam. “We were overwhelmed with the turnout on a cold January night and wish to thank all who supported us.”

Joe’s coach is Helen Breen-Thompson is from Knockavilla and was at the cheque presentation. “Both Joe and I are from Knockavilla and it’s great to have Joe representing our parish at Munster level; it very rarely happens. Our chant is “Go Joe Kelly Go!” That came from his sisters who were at one of the events supporting Joe and had the slogan on T-shirts.”

Scoil Aonghusa in Cashel is a school for children with a moderate or severe learning disability and physical or emotional difficulties. The main focus and concern of the school is the child and to help each student reach their full potential.

Scoil Aonghusa’s Head Coach, Geraldine Ryan Meagher was delighted to receive the fundraising cheque from the Kelly family. “There are eleven athletes representing Scoil Aonghusa in three sports from around Tipp and Clonmel and surrounding areas. Joe is in the Motor activities along with other athletes and we have two athletes in gymnastics and three in athletics.”

Yvonne and Liam wish to thank every one who supported the event including: Geraldine Maher and Helen Breen Thompson from Scoil Aonghusa, Dympna Sweeney and Fiona Kiely and everyone who gave vouchers, hampers and prizes towards the raffle. A thank you to Joe and Mary Kelly from Noel Ryan’s Bar for helping to organise the event and a special mention to Joe’s granddad, Patsy Kiely and granny Mary Kelly, who also took part.

“We wish all the athletes the very best for the games in June and are looking forward to the amazing event,” added proud dad Liam.