Fota Island Golf Resort hosts the Bon Secours Annual Golf Classic

Whilst summer is over and we can now look back on what was an eventful summer so far and the many events around the east cork area. Back in July many well-known Irish sporting heroes were out in force in the Fota Island Golf Resort (Cork hotel) taking part in the Bon Secours Annual Golf Classic. The event, which was organised by the Golf Society at Bon Secours, was in aid of two great Cork causes, Cúnamh and Cork Cancer Research Centre and featured more than 150 golfers including Cork footballers Graham Canty, Daniel Goulding and Alan Quirke. 

Irish rugby legend Donal Lenihan and Cork GAA Doctor Con Murphy were also at hand in the golf classic which saw many sporting heroes from all playing field “link” up for their charity either Cúnamh and Cork Cancer Research Centre. Amongst the people there were Donna Roche, Stephen Sisk, Michael Griffin and Anthony McLoughlin from the Bon Secours Golf Society, as well Helen Gough from the charity Cúnamh, along with Helena Slattery and Laoise Cotter from Cork Cancer Research Centre, who all together hoped to raise €10,000 for both charities in aid of cancer research and cancer support services.

There were also a lot of familiar faces from the medical community who went ‘above par’ for the charities including David Gough, Gordan Barry, Kamron Ghori and Gerard O’Connor, down from the Bon Secours Hospital in Dublin for the event. With limited tee times available at €300 for a team of three, including green fees, a buffet dinner and entertainment on the evening, a fun charity bunker, and tee box sponsorship opportunities are also available for €100, there was ample opportunity to raise cash.That evening, hospital staff from catering, maintenance, purchasing, medical and management were in full swing at the buffet dinner, where Coleman Golf and a number of local companies generously sponsored prizes.

The money raised from the golf classic will be put equally towards the work of both charities. Cork Cancer Research Centre with its continued work in the ground breaking research into new treatments for cancers currently responding poorly to conventional therapy and Cúnamh’s who offer support group services at the Bon Secours Hospital, assisting patients diagnosed with cancer, and their families, with counselling, advice, transport, weekend breaks and therapies were two worthy charities. All in all it was a great day out for all involved and all for a worthy cause.

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