Mayo GAA stars fly over to Manchester for Charity event

Mayo GAA stars fly over to Manchester for Charity event

Mayo GAA vice-captain Cillian O’Connor and his brothers made a surprise appearance at a special charity event in Manchester on Saturday 5 December. The event at St Kent’s Irish Club Manchester, raised over £4,500 for the Melissa Patterson Memorial Fund. The fund was set up after the tragic death of the 18 year old identical twin Gaelic and soccer sports star that was killed whilst out walking in a road traffic accident in Mayo.
Pictured here with Cillian are the friends and family of Melissa with one of the numerous signed shirts that were donated to support the charity.
The fund was set up to help support disadvantaged Mayo children who might have the potential but not the opportunity to play sports because of a lack of money. It is managed by a committee made up of local people in Mayo and local Councillors.

Manchester’s Mayo community came out in force to support the sell-out event which also saw friends and relatives making the journey over from Ireland. It featured one Manchester’s top Irish bands ‘The Last Drop’ which was sponsored by the Pat and Mary Mulhern from Mulhern Construction Company and DJ Mick Timoney, plus a raffle and an auction which featured numerous donations.

Melissa’s mum Carmel was asked to comment about the event and replied “We were overwhelmed with everyone’s support in donating prizes and turning up to support the event. We could not believe it when Cillian O’Connor and his brothers walked in on the night, it was a lovely surprise.”

Tony Hennigan from Mayo Manchester added “It was a great community event and we were delighted that Paul Heneghan from Manchester who is a cousin to Cillian and his brothers managed to arrange such a great surprise for the family. They even brought two signed shirts along for the auction.”

The Auction prizes on the night included a number of signed Mayo GAA shirts including a shirt worn by Cillian at this year’s Connaught Final and an Ireland shirt from this year’s EirGrid International Rules game where Ireland beat Australia. Other prizes included signed memorabilia by Manchester new World Boxing Lightweight champion , Anthony Crolla and a Manchester United shirt won by Ryan Giggs. The former Manchester City Football Club forward Edin Džeko donated his signed football boots.