Once again the family of the late Pauline Cooney (née O’Grady) have raised much-needed funds for Diabetes Ireland thanks to the support of family and friends for their annual Memorial Golf Classic in Rathbane Golf Club, Crossagalla, Limerick, on April 8th.

Pauline passed away on St Patrick’s Day 2014 due to complications having lived with diabetes for decades. To honour her memory each year, members of her family organise the event to help raise awareness about diabetes while at the same time benefiting the work done by the Clare Branch of Diabetes Ireland which runs support groups every month in Ennis.

Since 1967, Diabetes Ireland has been the national charity dedicated to helping people suffering with the illness by providing support, education and motivation to those affected.  Diabetes Ireland also raises public awareness of the illness and its symptoms while funding research into finding a cure for diabetes.

In this, the third year of the Pauline Cooney Memorial Golf Classic, seventeen teams from U.K., Wexford, Clare, Limerick, Dublin and Offaly teed off in glorious sunshine. A monster raffle was also held on the day with many generous prizes.

Pauline’s husband Gerry, their family and friends are very grateful to all the businesses and individuals who provided sponsorship of tee boxes as well as raffle prizes and to everyone who participated and helped make this it such an enjoyable occasion.  Special thanks to photographer Mary Phelan, Sinead Gallery for organising the raffle, Rathbane Golf Club for their facilities and especially Michael O’Grady junior who put in a huge amount of time and effort to make this event the success it was.

After the event Pauline’s husband, Gerry Cooney (who also has diabetes), his son Thomas, sister Mary Phelan and Pauline’s brother Mike O’Grady presented a cheque for €2,500 to members of the Clare Branch Diabetes Ireland.