Tipperary has said a massive thank you to a centre that caters for the families of critically ill patients in Cork by raising â‚¬12,500 for the centre in one day.
The huge amount was raised at a family fun day in Newcastle on Sunday last - and will provide vital support for Bru Columbanus in Cork, a home from home for families of critically ill patients in Cork hospitals and hospices.
In the last ten years the centre has accommodated 5,600 families with as many as 980 of them from all over Tipperary,
Organisers of Sundayâ€™s event, Triona and Ã‰anna Oâ€™Flynn from Newcastle, spent seven weeks living in BrÃº Columbanus in 2014 when their daughter Amy was a patient in the Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit of Cork University Maternity Hospital.
â€œBrÃº Columbanus was invaluable for us when Amy was in hospital. It meant that we could be close to the hospital at all times without the worry of mounting accommodation costs or having to arrange transport to and from the hospital.
â€œIt allowed us to put all of our focus on our sick daughter and helped make that time more bearable as it alleviated so much of the stress associated with having a sick family member in hospital.
â€œNobody ever expects or wants to find themselves in a position where they have a family member in hospital for weeks and months on end so we generally do not think about such services until we need to use them.
However with over 980 families from Tipperary already having been accommodated in BrÃº Columbanus, it is vitally important that the people of Tipperary support this serviceâ€, they said.
BrÃº Columbanus provides accommodation free of charge to the families of critically ill patients and they rely totally on donations and fundraising initiatives.
â€œThe generosity that we received for this event was absolutely overwhelming and we are delighted that we can now give back to BrÃº Columbanus to help ensure that they can continue to provide this invaluable service to other families in their time of needâ€, said Triona Oâ€™Flynn.
A great dayâ€™s entertainment was held on the day with live music from Rattle the Boards and special guests Des Dillon who opened the day followed by performances from Tipperary Gospel Choir and Nire Valley Voices and a dancing display from Club Rince NÃ Chraith dancers together with local musicians. A wonderful show was also put on by local artist Des Dillon with the help of a number of local kids.
Children were well entertained on the day with Bouncy Castles, Petting Farm, Toddler Corner, Face Painting and Arts and Crafts while there were plenty of games to keep all the big children entertained all day.
Newcastle Vintage Club organised a vintage display on the day and there were lots of other side shows to be enjoyed while Miss Tipperary Lauren Browne and Tipperary senior hurler Seamus Callanan were special guests on the day.
Newcastle GAA Club ran an under 12 hurling blitz with teams from Ballybacon-Grange, Skeheenarinky and Clonmel Ã“g with Seamus Callanan presenting medals to the winning teams, Clonmel Ã“g and Skeheenarinky.