19 May, 11:13
There are six uncapped players in the Ireland squad for the summer tour to North America that was named this morning. An Emerging Ireland squad has also been selected for the Tblisi Cup in Georgia.
They have moved on, and they live with their injuries. They are good people, from a good, solid, rural community that does not lie down under adversity, but looks to the future.
The sort of strong community and family, in other words, that sets up a charity like 'Coiscéim Eile' to help people recover from their traumatic injuries.
Coiscéim Eile is a charity founded by John Ryan and his family. John is a brother-in-law of Mike and Lillian Cahill of Bruff RFC.
The Lokomat Machine is an amazing device that helps people with partial paralysis and many other debilitating disorders, and while it will not give Adele back the power to walk, it provides her with the exercise she needs.
It can be used by anyone with partial paralysis, or a multitude of other dehabilitating diseases and is available 8am to 8pm six days a week in the Patrickswell location.
It reduces the requirement of physios to deal with someone in this condition from four or five to just a single physio.
This machine, one of only two in Ireland, has helped many local people to walk properly again after serious accidents and also helps to keep people's organs working even if they cannot learn to walk again. It's available six days a week in Patrickswell and it does the work of five physiotherapists.
It costs a fortune, however, and the charity needs to collect €150,000 before November to keep it in place in Patrickswell.
Bruff Rugby Club is on the case, and has organised a range of fundraising events, including a special Charity Night on Friday, August 7.
The night's entertainment will kick off with Cáirde Ceol, leading into a show by comedian Jon Kenny and finishing off with music by some friends of ours and his.
Bruff are also hoping to do a celebrity auction of some great sports memorabilia on the same evening with Jon as the MC.
You can support this very worthy cause by:
- Buying a ticket (€15) for the show on August 7, turn up and have a great night. Tickets are available from: Pat Dunne 0868187361, Ger Hehir 061 382333, Dave O'Keeffe, 0877975460, PJ Deady 0872571885, Brian Cahill 0863242890, Eoin Cahill 0877504313 and Mike, Lillian or Tony Cahill 061 383338
- You could also supply Bruff with some sports memorabilia that they could auction off on the night
- If you cannot make it on the night, you could just donate a few euros to the fund, any donation that you can afford will be accepted. Log on to http://www.bruffrfc.com/coisceim-eile-lokomat/ and then click on the paypal donation link.
Please leave your name and address, and other necessary details in the 'add instructions to seller' box on paypal, if you want a receipt. It is safe and secure. You can use either your own paypal account or just a credit card to donate
Please note that Coiscéim Eile is a registered charity and as such you can get the benefit of all the available tax relief on any donations.