Posted August 8, 2016
The Paddy Mc Connell Memorial Cup was first organised one year ago by family and friends to celebrate the memory of Paddy Mc Connell after he sadly passed away in 2013 due his battle with cancer. This year, the second year of the event, saw huge support from players, supporters and sponsors, with even a little help from the good Irish weather.
The idea behind the day is to organise a fun family day out for all the community and to celebrate the good memories, with the day cumulating in a charity GAA football match between former teammates of Paddy’s from different era’s. The two teams involved are the Naomh Mearnóg Dublin Stars, which consist of players who are either currently on a Dublin panel between U16 and Senior or players who have previously played for Dublin at some stage in the careers. They come up against the formidable side of the Paddy Mc Connell Select which consist of family, friends and former teammates of Paddy.
This year we also had the wonderful addition of the highly successful Naomh Mearnóg/St. Sylvesters Ladies Senior football team who were celebrating their 10 year anniversary of reaching the All Ireland Intermediate Club Final in 2006. The ladies returned to don their club colours and to showcase a highly skilful 8 a-side game to get the event started. The match was a great tribute to Paddy who had been a coach for the ladies juvenile team during its humble beginnings and also to one of the great founding members of Naomh Mearnóg’s ladies football, Mick Walsh who sadly passed away the week prior.
With the final whistle blown and the victors awarded bragging rights for the year, it was all back to the Naomh Mearnóg Clg for the presentation of the trophy, BBQ, music and the charity raffle. All funds raised from the BBQ, raffle and very generous donations from the players and supporters were fully donated to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin for their fund raising campaign to purchase a new Cytometer for the hospital.
Cytometer Details & CMRF
CMRF are currently fundraising to provide Equipment urgently required by OLCHC.
The key piece of equipment supported by the Paddy McConnell Memorial Cup is the Cytometer, this is a vital piece of hospital equipment used to diagnose cancer. Like a microscope, it can be used to find cancer cells in samples taken from patients, but it also does more. In seconds it can analyse thousands of cells providing doctors with vital information to make treatments more accurate and effective.
Why is the new cytometer so urgently needed?
The current cytometer used at the hospital to diagnose cancer is 15 years old. Technology has moved on. The new machine can detect multiple cancers including rare ones faster than ever before. It is so sensitive it can detect one cancer cell among a million healthy ones, and allow doctors to alter chemotherapy treatment accordingly.
How will the new cytometer help save children’s lives?
It will help diagnose childhood cancers earlier and provide detailed analyses that doctors can use to target treatments more effectively. It could also prevent relapses of rare cancers like neuroblastoma and common cancers like Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.
(CMRF) is the principal fundraising body for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin as well as the National Children’s Research Centre. We are dedicated to working to improve the quality of life for this and future generations of sick children.
We, through our donors & fundraisers help deliver state of the art facilities; equipment, infrastructure, leisure and entertainment devices for the children, accommodation for families and other special requirements and needs within the hospital.
In the past 3 years we have funded complete renovations & rebuilds in the Cancer & Cardiac Units making a real difference in the daily treatment & lives of the children in those Wards.
In addition we fund the only paediatric research centre in Ireland. The National Children’s Research Centre (NCRC) is a world class facility which provides state of the art laboratory facilities for investigation into the causes and treatments of childhood disease.
In the end €4500 was raised and donated to a very worthy cause.
The celebrations ran into the early hours of the morning with preliminary plans being formulated for next year’s event. The Mc Connell family would sincerely like to thank all those who helped in any way, with a particular thank you to our sponsors on the night.