Events in 2005

Below are all months in which events were held

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A Bucket collection was held at Ardkeen Stores Supermarket, Ardkeen, Waterford on March 24th 2005.
This raised €608.
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The Colm Doyle Memorial Golf Challenge Cup, sponsored by Suir Engineering Ltd., Mooncoin, Co Kilkenny, was held on March 25th/26th 2005 and raised €920.    Top of page

Pauline Doyle, proprietor of Suir Engineering, generously chose our Charity to benefit from the proceeds. The Colm Doyle Memorial Golf Classic is a memorial to Pauline’s son, Colm, who died at a very young age. Pauline has already contributed generously to our many fundraisers.

The Golf Classic was played over two days and three golf courses – The Gold Coast, Dungarvan and West Waterford. Ten teams participated, including our own – The Marfans – Liam Tobin, Kieran McGrath and Michael McGrath. The weather was beautiful, giving full advantage to the magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean, Dungarvan Bay, The Comeragh and Knockmealdown Mountains.

  • First Prize went to Eoin Doyle’s team: - Paul Walsh, Damian Power and Paul Haley.
  • Second Prize went to O’Sheas Engineering: - Kieran Quigley, Denis Conway Snr and Maurice Fehilly.
  • Third Prize went to H&MV Engineering: - Gerry Phelan, Tom Murphy and John Grant.

Big thanks to Pauline Doyle and Kieran Quigley for their generosity. Congratulations Kieran on a job very well done.



Mick Creed from Hastings in East Sussex, England, completed a Charity Bike Ride on behalf of our Charity on April 27th 2005...raising the total of StgŁ200.     Top of page

Mick started at Hastings Lifeboat Station, onto St Leonards, Bexhill, Normans Bay, Pevensy Castle, Wartling, Hertsmonceux, Magnam Down and returned to Hastings. This is a total journey of forty miles. Mick completed this pedal bike ride in two and a half hours. Congratulations and well done Mick. Research saves lives, offering hope to all Marfan sufferers.



Kevin O Neill (a 24 year old teacher from Belfast who works in Manchester, England) ran the 26 mile Belfast Marathon on May 2nd 2005 on behalf of our Charity and raised the total of €168.

Kevin trained for four months for the event. Well done to Kevin and many thanks for the donation.    Top of page



On May 22nd 2005, Chelmsford Prison Staff, Essex, England, participated in RIDLEY’S GREAT BADDOW CHARITY RACES on behalf of Marfans Research Foundation.     Top of page

Sr Philomena Purcell came 132nd out of 898 and has the medal to prove it. The total raised was €661.75. Well done Philomena and a BIG THANKS TO YOU AND ALL YOUR GENEROUS SPONSORS.



On June 6th 2005, Imelda Reid, Nora Gahan and Geraldine McGrath participated in the Dublin City Womens Mini Marathon which raised €1979.    Top of page

The atmosphere on the day was electric and the camaraderie amongst all the LADIES! was remarkable. Imelda, Nora and Geraldine were generously supported and sponsored by their friends, family and Marfan Research Committee.



In memory of James McGrath:     Top of page

James McGrath, Dungooley, Carrigeen, County Kilkenny, died on 25th July 2005.
James is John, Bill and Michael McGrath’s father. The family requested that donations be given to The Marfans Research Foundation in lieu of flowers. The total donated amounted to €800.

We are very grateful for this generous response.



On August 6th 2005, a Pony and Trap Drive by skilled horsemen took place and was an enormous success despite the wet day and succeeded in raising €7200.     Top of page

The atmosphere was wonderful and everybody enjoyed themselves. The day started at 9.00a.m when the collectors started their bucket collections at all the shops and shopping centres in Carrick-on-Suir and Clonmel. Collectors also collected in all the villages in which the ponies and traps passed through. The Pony and Trap drivers were busy preparing their ponies and traps for the long drive.

The Pony and Trap Drive gathered at the Fox’s Den, Kilmacow. The team included, Billy Meany with his pony – Bugsy, John Kearns with his pony – BoBo, Tommy Foskin with his pony – Monkey, Tony Flynn with his pony – Black and guest driver, John Fogarty with his pony – Misty. They left Kilmacow at 11.45a.m and arrived in Clonmel at approx 4.30p.m. There was a break of one hour at The Blarney Woollen Mills, Ballydine, Carrick-on-Suir to give the ponies a rest.

Presenting the cheque at the Pony and Trap drive

Mary Corcoran, Ballinerla, Kilmacow dressed up as an old woman and accompanied Billy Meany in his trap to Clonmel. The day finished with a most enjoyable cabaret at The Fox’s Den. DVD’s and Videos which capture the fun and atmosphere of the day are available at €15 each. To order a copy please phone Geraldine at 087 7747710.

Sincere thanks to all Marfan Syndrome Research supporters who helped in any way including collectors, sponsors and contributors.



A Bucket Collection at Ardkeen Superstores, Waterford during September 2005 raised €795.    Top of page



A Bucket Collection at Superquinn Supermarket, Kilbarry, Waterford during October 2005 raised €519.75.     Top of page



The Annual Table Quiz at The Showboat, The Glen, Waterford in October 2005 raised €450.     Top of page



October 2005 – Christmas Card sales in aid of Marfan syndrome research. €8 per pack of twelve. All profit goes to Marfan research, no middleman.     Top of page



December 2005 – Annual bag packing and Food Hamper Raffle at Super Value, Morgan St, Waterford.

The four days bag packing was a wonderful success and the Super Value management and customers were very happy. The Christmas atmosphere was electric and we thoroughly enjoyed our task. We raised a total of €10,739. We are extremely grateful to the Super Value management, our packers and not least the generous shoppers. We are booked for Christmas 2006 and are looking forward to it.    Top of page