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Cardiac Risk in the Young fundraiser raises €4,600 in memory of Damien Ruth

Published 2 weeks ago 13th January 2022 by Jamie O’Flaherty

The Damien Ruth Memorial St Stephen’s Day Soccer Tournament was another huge success raising an incredible €4,600. The tournament, which commenced in 2014 is in memory of Damien Ruth, a young Clonmel man who sadly died suddenly from a condition known as SADS – Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.

Winners: Clonmel Celtic C team were crowned winners of the Damien Ruth Fundraiser Cup after an enjoyable day of football

Every year the tournament raises much needed funds for the charity CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young.
The CRY Centre, based in Tallaght, Dublin, raises awareness of the condition known as SADS, provides free counselling and support for families and friends affected by sudden death and also provides free heart screening for families and individuals.

The Dow Jones team that won the Damien Ruth Memorial Shield

Organisers Gerry Cunningham, Ronan Walsh and the Ruth family continued the annual tradition that many players and spectators look forward too and enjoy. There is always a fantastic sense of community on the day and there is always a generous amount raised, which is gratefully received by the charity.

Gerry Cunningham, Kevin Ruth, Shane Mullen (Clonmel Celtic captain) Amy Ruth and Ronan Walsh (tournament sponsor) pictured at the trophy presentation at the Dr Pat O’Callaghan Sports Complex

Ronan Walsh, publican, 37 Queen Street, Clonmel kindly sponsored the tournament and Gerry Cunningham arranged the format, ensuring the games were played on time and in the spirit of the occasion.
This year organisers kindly donated €500 to the ‘Dream for Danny’ appeal and €4,100 to the CRY charity.
In total, 16 teams entered the tournament with only one withdrawal due to Covid.

Richie Crowe’s Army Men reached the semi final of the Damien Ruth Memorial Cup

Clonmel Celtic C team were the eventual winners of the Damien Ruth Cup while the Dow Jones team scooped the Shield.
Well done to all involved!

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