Jerry O’Leary to benefit from big golf challenge

Launching the Circet All-Ireland GAA Golf Challenge were, from left, Johnny Crowley, Ambrose O’Donovan, John Fenton, Donal Brosnan and Derry Healy, from Glenflesk GAA Club.
Pictures: Don MacMonagle

Forty years after they captained their respective counties to All-Ireland senior titles in the GAA’s centenary year, Kerry and Cork greats Ambrose O’Donovan and John Fenton, were on hand to lend their support to a charity golf event which will take place in Killarney on October 17/18.

They were joined by Kilkenny legend and event patron Eddie Keher at the launch of the 23rd annual Circet All-Ireland GAA Golf Challenge which took place at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club.

Kerry and Glenflesk Gaelic football luminaries, 2000 All-Ireland SFC winning captain Seamus Moynihan and three-time All-Ireland SFC medalist Johnny Crowley, were also in attendance to promote this year’s beneficiary, their friend and fellow clubman Jerry O’Leary.

Jerry suffered serious spinal injuries in a devastating accident while walking home last year. He is now a wheelchair user and requires intensive physiotherapy as well as other medical supports.

The Circet All-Ireland GAA Golf Challenge sees four-person teams from Ireland and the US represent their GAA clubs on the golf course.

Kerry and Cork greats Ambrose O’Donovan and John Fenton (back right) at the launch of the 23rd annual Circet All-Ireland GAA Golf Challenge in Killarney Golf and Fishing Club on Mahony’s Point wit, in front, Liam Daniels, Ian O’Connell and Mickey Traynor and, at the back, Donal Brosnan, Derry Healy, Johnny Crowley, Vanessa Cunningham and Seamus Moynihan

A total of 45 teams will converge on Killarney in October to compete for the specially-commissioned Waterford Crystal replica of the Liam MacCarthy Cup.

Run on an entirely voluntary basis in which all proceeds go to charitable causes, the challenge is the premier golf competition for GAA members and it has been raising funds for GAA-affiliated causes and members in need for several years.

Speaking at the launch, Circet All-Ireland GAA Golf Challenge organising chairman, Liam Daniel, remarked: “Jerry is a well loved and respected member of his community and we are delighted to join the fundraising drive to help him and his family.

Ian O’Connell from Spa was a previous recipient of the challenge fund and those involved were thrilled to see him at this year’s launch and delighted with the progress he has made. Read by thousands of people every day: To advertise call 064-6631281 or 087-2229761