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O'Connor family raises €12k for RNLI

December 24th, 2015 7:25 AM

By Southern Star Team

At the presentation of the cheque to Baltimore RNLI by the O'Connor family recently were, from left: Pat Collins (mechanic, Baltimore Lifeboats), Tom Bushe (operations manager, Baltimore Lifeboats), Catherine and Paul O'Connor (Niamh's parents) Ros Rourke (fundraising chairperson, Baltimore Lifeboat

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BY SIOBHÁN CRONIN

THE Baltimore RNLI have been presented with a cheque for over €12,000, fundraised by the family of a girl who tragically drowned last summer.

Niamh O’Connor was with her boyfriend Barry Davis Ryan and his father, Barry Snr, when they were all caught up in a tragedy off the Beacon on June 30th, when a freak wave swept them into the sea. All three perished, and their bodies were only found after extensive searches by local services, including Baltimore RNLI. Last month, on Monday November 23rd – what would have been Niamh’s 21st birthday – her family in Glanmire organised a table quiz with all proceeds going to the RNLI.

It was held in Sarsfield’s Hurling Club and since its opening in 1999, the table quiz was the largest ever event held there, with packed tables covering both the bar and function room, even stretching out to the lobby areas. 

A total of €12,250 was raised on the night, through the support of family, friends, neighbours, colleagues and the entire Glanmire community.

Last week Niamh’s parents, Catherine and Paul O’Connor, presented the cheque for €12,250 to the crew members of the RNLI who had travelled from Baltimore. 

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