Manchester to stage memorial event for Teenage Mayo Sports Star

Manchester to stage memorial event for Teenage Mayo Sports Star

Manchester’s Irish community are to stage a special charity event to raise funds for the Melissa Patterson Memorial Fund on Saturday 5 December at St Kent’s Irish Club in South Manchester. The fund was set up after the tragic death of the 18 year old identical twin Gaelic and soccer sports star who was killed whilst out walking in a road traffic accident in Mayo. It is being organised by Melissa’s Uncle and Aunt – Liam and Veroinca Cusack and cousin Jacinta Matley.

Veronica Cusack explains “Melissa’s tragic death by the roadside has shocked a lot of people in Mayo, her funeral in August was the biggest ever staged in Castlebar, with thousands of mourners and a guard of honour by the Gaelic football and soccer teams from the whole region and beyond.”

“In memory of Melissa’s passion and talent for Gaelic football and soccer, the fund helps disadvantaged Mayo children who might have the potential but not the opportunity to play sports because of a lack of money. It is a constructive way for people touched by this tragedy to react to its unfairness and to the shock it caused. It is a way to keep hope alive and to carry on with a positive attitude, to celebrate life and talent, to fight back against a cruel destiny.”

The event features one of Manchester’s top Irish bands ‘The Last Drop’ and DJ Mick Timoney, a raffle and an auction which features a signed shirt by Manchester United’s assistant manager and former player – Ryan Giggs. It is being staged at the award winning St Kent’s Irish Club in Fallowfield, South Manchester. Tickets are just £5 and can be purchased directly from the club or one following pubs in Levenshulme (the Horseshoe and Hennigan’s) and Burnage (The Vic). People will also be able to purchase tickets on the night.

Tony Hennigan from Mayo Manchester commented “I remember reading about Melissa’s tragic accident during the summer whilst we were over in Mayo. It touched the heart, not just of the County, but the whole nation and the Mayo diaspora around the world. It is great to see her friends and family members in Manchester doing something over here to raise funds for the memorial fund which has been set up in her memory to fund sporting activities for disadvantage people in the County.”

People not attending the event can still contribute to the fund directly by making a donation online using the IBAN NUMBER IE53BOFI90374420757510 and BIC Number is BOFIIE2D. The fund is managed by a committee made up of local people in Mayo and local Councillors.

Any donations for raffle prizes for the night would be greatly appreciated. Please contact jacinta.matley@hotmail.co.uk.