Charities benefit as hurling stars attend AIB community event.

Pictured are Mary Lyons, Grainne Melett, Michael Craig (Galway Hospice) Gearoid Mc Inerney (Galway All Ireland and All star Hurler), Adrienne Turley, Brian Muldoon, Leonora Garavan, Rhona Burke, Joe Canning (All Ireland Hurler and All star Hurler of the year), Emma O’Connor and Marie-Anne Michel from Cope Galway

Pictured are Mary Lyons, Grainne Melett, Michael Craig (Galway Hospice) Gearoid Mc Inerney (Galway All Ireland and All star Hurler), Adrienne Turley, Brian Muldoon, Leonora Garavan, Rhona Burke, Joe Canning (All Ireland Hurler and All star Hurler of the year), Emma O’Connor and Marie-Anne Michel from Cope Galway

AIB Galway hosted a community event for COPE Galway and Galway Hospice last week in the Clayton Hotel in Ballybrit. In attendance was GAA Hurler of the Year Joe Canning and his fellow All-star teammate Gearoid Mc Inerney. More than 300 people attended the event to help raise funds for the two charities. Over €1,500 was raised which will be split evenly amongst the two charities.

Both Joe and Gearoid discussed the importance of a good team ethic being crucial to their All-Ireland success. Joe Canning mentioned how this was a precious time for Galway hurling given their success. For young hurlers, they gave the advice of needing hard work and commitment to continuously improve and to learn from other sports that they may play and apply them to their hurling development.

Adrienne Turley, Branch Manager of AIB Newcastle Road said AIB Galway staff wanted to come together to give to the community by way of collecting for two very worthy charities.

“Putting the customer first is AIB’s ethos and community is important to us. Galway Hospice and Cope Galway are two champion causes in the Galway community. We’re delighted that Joe Canning and Gearoid Mc Inerney joined us for a great event that was thoroughly enjoyed by all and raised awareness and funds for these two worthy causes.”

Michael Craig, Fundraising Manager at Galway Hospice said that proceeds from the event will help Galway Hospice provide Palliative Care to adults and children throughout Galway city and county who are dealing with a diagnosis of cancer or other life-limiting illness.

“Last year alone, 692 patients and their families/carers availed of our specialist care services,” he said.

Marie Anne Michel, Fundraising Manager at Cope Galway also said her organisation is working towards an improved quality of life for people living in a home of their own.

“Cope Galway covers a number of areas by providing services for homeless men, women and children; services for women and children experiencing domestic violence; and services for older people These funds will go towards providing refuge and comfort to those in need in the greater Galway area”

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