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Golf Classic in aid of Berkeley students planned for tonight

September 4th, 2015 10:32 AM

By Southern Star Team

Richard Coffey is organising tonight's golf classic

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A BANTRY man is behind a unique fundraising event that is taking place tonight in Dublin.
The Foxrock Golf Club will host a gala fundraising golf classic for the victims of the Berkeley tragedy in Califiornia.
It is being organised by Richard Coffey from Bantry who says the tragic accident has had a profound effect on Irish people both at home and abroad.
Last June 16th, five Irish J1 visa students from Dublin and one Irish-American student died and seven others were seriously injured after a balcony on which they were standing collapsed in Berkeley, California. The group was celebrating a 21st birthday party.
Mr Coffey said the tragedy has struck a chord with Irish people throughout the world. ‘Very few of us have been untouched by the heartfelt scenes that unfolded in the following days and weeks,’ said Richard. ‘It is with this in mind that we have decided to run an initial fund raising Berkeley Golf Classic in Foxrock Golf Club to aid the families and support them in offsetting costs against the medical and other on going related expenses.’
Mr Coffey added that a close colleague, Glenn Kilroy, who is closely involved in the organisation of the Golf Classic, had the privilege of being able to visit one of the survivors, Clodagh Cogley, in the rehabilitation centre in San José last month. ‘A more positive and inspiring girl you could not hope to meet. She holds no self pity, only an incredible determination to live her life as best she can in memory of those who died,’ said Richard.
‘We have received support from right across the board with enormous goodwill from people throughout Ireland from Monaghan to West Cork, including The Maritime Hotel in Bantry where manager Fionnbarr Walsh contributed a first class prize for this worthwhile fund raising event,’ he added.
The teams for the Classic are priced at €1,000 each, and such is the support for the event that it is fully booked up, according to Mr Coffey.
Example of names supporting this event are Davy Stockbrokers, KPMG, Shelbourne Hotel, Adare Manor, LeBruin, Mt Juliet, The K Club, Killeen Castle, Health Market Research, AIB, Glanbia, The Cliff House Hotel, Crotty Group Ins, Ireland World Investments (IWI), Stillorgan Park Hotel, Irish Rugby Team, Croke Park, Flynn Management & Contractors, The Gleneagle, Imtech Suir, Waterloo Surveyors, Butler’s Chocolate, The Gables, Monaghan Retail Park, Monaghan Co-op, Netwatch, Savills, CBRE, Maples, Acorn Life, Benchmark Property, Homecare, LLW, 3d4Medical, Dawson Jewellers, Crosscare Ltd, Betida Ltd, Devaney Off Licence, Acushnet Ireland, Appian Asset Management, Hardy Partnership, and many more very high profile nationwide businesses.
A total of 110 people will sit for dinner tonight in Foxrock where former Munster Ireland and Lions legend Mick Galwey is the after dinner speaker, followed by a jazz band for evening entertainment.
Numerous prizes have also been donated for auction, such as an authentic signed Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid shirt, an Irish rugby shirt, weekends away in five star hotels, hampers, golf bags, One Direction concert tickets in the 3 Arena, Butler’s Chocolate hampers, The Summit tickets 2016, and shopping vouchers.
People can contribute to the fund on a nationwide basis by making a donation for whatever amount to a bank account at AIB Stillorgan. Account Name: Berkeley Fundraisers; BIC: AIBKIE2D and IBAN: IE49AIBK93357055876090
Every item/donation will be greatly appreciated, said Mr Coffey, who can be contacted on [email protected]

A BANTRY man is behind a unique fundraising event that is taking place tonight in Dublin.
The Foxrock Golf Club will host a gala fundraising golf classic for the victims of the Berkeley tragedy in Califiornia.
It is being organised by Richard Coffey from Bantry who says the tragic accident has had a profound effect on Irish people both at home and abroad.
Last June 16th, five Irish J1 visa students from Dublin and one Irish-American student died and seven others were seriously injured after a balcony on which they were standing collapsed in Berkeley, California. The group was celebrating a 21st birthday party.
Mr Coffey said the tragedy has struck a chord with Irish people throughout the world. ‘Very few of us have been untouched by the heartfelt scenes that unfolded in the following days and weeks,’ said Richard. ‘It is with this in mind that we have decided to run an initial fund raising Berkeley Golf Classic in Foxrock Golf Club to aid the families and support them in offsetting costs against the medical and other on going related expenses.’
Mr Coffey added that a close colleague, Glenn Kilroy, who is closely involved in the organisation of the Golf Classic, had the privilege of being able to visit one of the survivors, Clodagh Cogley, in the rehabilitation centre in San José last month. ‘A more positive and inspiring girl you could not hope to meet. She holds no self pity, only an incredible determination to live her life as best she can in memory of those who died,’ said Richard.
‘We have received support from right across the board with enormous goodwill from people throughout Ireland from Monaghan to West Cork, including The Maritime Hotel in Bantry where manager Fionnbarr Walsh contributed a first class prize for this worthwhile fund raising event,’ he added.
The teams for the Classic are priced at €1,000 each, and such is the support for the event that it is fully booked up, according to Mr Coffey.
Example of names supporting this event are Davy Stockbrokers, KPMG, Shelbourne Hotel, Adare Manor, LeBruin, Mt Juliet, The K Club, Killeen Castle, Health Market Research, AIB, Glanbia, The Cliff House Hotel, Crotty Group Ins, Ireland World Investments (IWI), Stillorgan Park Hotel, Irish Rugby Team, Croke Park, Flynn Management & Contractors, The Gleneagle, Imtech Suir, Waterloo Surveyors, Butler’s Chocolate, The Gables, Monaghan Retail Park, Monaghan Co-op, Netwatch, Savills, CBRE, Maples, Acorn Life, Benchmark Property, Homecare, LLW, 3d4Medical, Dawson Jewellers, Crosscare Ltd, Betida Ltd, Devaney Off Licence, Acushnet Ireland, Appian Asset Management, Hardy Partnership, and many more very high profile nationwide businesses.
A total of 110 people will sit for dinner tonight in Foxrock where former Munster Ireland and Lions legend Mick Galwey is the after dinner speaker, followed by a jazz band for evening entertainment.
Numerous prizes have also been donated for auction, such as an authentic signed Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid shirt, an Irish rugby shirt, weekends away in five star hotels, hampers, golf bags, One Direction concert tickets in the 3 Arena, Butler’s Chocolate hampers, The Summit tickets 2016, and shopping vouchers.
People can contribute to the fund on a nationwide basis by making a donation for whatever amount to a bank account at AIB Stillorgan. Account Name: Berkeley Fundraisers; BIC: AIBKIE2D and IBAN: IE49AIBK93357055876090
Every item/donation will be greatly appreciated, said Mr Coffey, who can be contacted on [email protected]

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