On Monday next Clonmel Commercials Commercials and St. Mary’s Hurling Club are staging “Jog4Jamie”, a fundraising effort for stricken young Cork sports star Jamie Wall.
The event is being organised by county senior footballer Seamus Kennedy who is a cousin of Jamie, both part of the extended and well-known Wall family from The Nire Valley.
Seamus, who will line out for Tipperary senior footballers against Waterford this coming Sunday, is hoping that there will be a good local support and also support from GAA people throughout South Tipperary.
Registration for the ‘Jog4Jamie’ will take place from 11 am onwards at the GAA Centre on the Western Road and the event itself will commence at 12 noon.
The 4km (2.5 miles) can be covered any way you choose, running, jogging or at a leisurely Bank Holiday Monday pace. Some of the Tipperary senior footballers, hopefully fresh from a Munster Championship win over neighbours Waterford, will be present to loosen out.
Like Seamus who is a dual player with St. Mary’s and Commercials and who has represented his county in both codes, so too was young Jamie Wall.
Jamie played for Cork in their one-point defeat to Tyrone in the All-Ireland minor football final in 2010 and won three Munster under 21 football championship medals with the Rebels. Indeed cousins Seamus and Jamie were on opposite sides in the Munster final in 2013 when Cork won easily at Semple Stadium. The same night Seamus captained Tipperary.
An accomplished hurler also Jamie represened his club Kilbrittan as well as Cork at minor and under 21 grade. He was on the Mary Immaculate College team that reached the Fitzgibbon Cup final for their very first in 2012/2013 time when losing to UCC in a final played in Galway.
In June of last year, just three days after lining out for Cork intermediate hurlers in a win over Tipperary, tragedy struck for Jamie when he began to feel the power going from his legs. An abscess had developed on his spine and this was the root cause of the problem. Jamie was rushed to hospital and later underwent surgery at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin. Ten weeks in Beaumont followed; a young healthy and fit man suddenly having to adjust to life in a wheelchair.
Jamie’s rehabilitation in conjunction with the National Rehabilitation Centre in Dun Laoghaire continues. He remains positive still in the face of adversity, he is made of tough stuff, and is blessed with focused determination to get back to full health.
Seamus Kennedy and his clubmates at Clonmel Commercials and St. Mary’s Hurling Club look forward to your support for the ‘Jog4Jamie’ on Monday next.