Our Twomey Family Remorial Weekend Has Now Raised Over A Massive €110,000 Since We Began In 2014.
Our TWOMEY Family Remorial Weekend charity has reached the €100,000 mark.
Proceeds from the third of three annual weekends came to €18,600.
Since it was launched, in 2014 in memory of my wonderful husband Connie, our beautiful Baba Oisin and his darling unborn sister Elber Marie Twomey who were killed in our tragic crash in July 2012, it has raised just over €110,000.
Myself, my brother Tomas, and two of Connie’s closest friends, Thomas Mahoney and Gerard Angland, along with Dan O’Connor, Johnny Stack and Finbarr Murphy set the weekend up to promote the reality of how precious life is and to raise awareness for mental health.
We wanted to raise funds for hospitals that cared for us after the crash and for Bru Columbanus – which provide home-from-home accommodation for relatives of seriously ill patients in Cork hospitals, where Tomas and I would have stayed.
Charities: The 3Ts, Pieta House, Reach Out, Suicide Aware Cork, and Walk in My Shoes also received a share of €110,000.
The money was raised from three annual remorial weekends in Meelin and Rockchapel, north Cork between 2014 and 2016.
Each weekend has comprised of two sponsored cycles organised by Johnny Stack and Kanturk Cycling Club, and a 5k run organised by Finbarr Murphy and Duhallow Athletic Club.
There has also been the Connie Twomey Memorial Cup under 12 hurling blitz and the table quiz organised by Aonghus MacDomhnaill, and a 5k family walk.
More than 4,000 people from counties including Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Clare, Waterford, Galway, Kilkenny, Meath, Dublin, Donegal, and Kildare have taken part over the three years.
We were thrilled to have Newmarket Motors and Volkswagen Commercial support our Twomey Family Remorial Weekend this year. As well as VW main dealers Newmarket Motors & VW Commercial, who were our main supporters of our 2016 weekend, shops and bars in the Rock and Meelin as well as O’Keeffe’s Supervalu and KD’s in Newmarket who have been invaluable support each year. Lots of companies from near and far have also been most generous also. These include Barry Group in Mallow, Nigel O'Donovan & Taxback.com, BBM Security, Brudairs Bakery, Barrys Tea, Twomeys Bakery, ADA Security, Dunnes Stores, Lidl, Ballygowan, The Devon Inn Hotel, Ducon Concrete, Kanturk Creamery, Brennans bread, Pat the Baker, Fyffes, Largo Foods & Twohigs.
The shops and pubs in Meelin and Rockchapel have each year been fantastic in their help and support. These include Pat Callaghan’s in Meelin, Paddy Mollys & and Murphys Bar in Rockchapel, along with Keogh’s & Murphy’s in Rockchapel, and Cahills & Brosnan’s in Meelin.
My goodness, we have had unreal support from the local and not so local community. The GAA have always come on board also and give great help as indeed do many men and women in both Rockchapel and Meelin who prepare the roads for the events and organise the sandwiches etc for the participants, and indeed Dave who with Gerard Angland make sure our online website, registrations and social media are updated. We have had much help from kind reporters in the media who have helped publicise our Remorial Weekends in newspapers, radio mentions and TV. We have also had extremely kind photographers who’ve come to our weekends each year and taken great shots for www.twomeyfamilyremorial.com and social media.
Without all this extraordinary help our weekend would not be possible. The committee of Gerard Angland, Dan O’Connor, Tomas Twomey, Thomas Mahoney, Johnny Stack & Finbarr Murphy do untold work not just in the extremely busy lead up to the weekend but from January onwards when our preparations get underway.
To them all I personally owe a huge debt of gratitude and I know only too well that Connie, Baba Oisin & Little Lady are smiling down to see the way in which they are being honoured and remembered each year in our Twomey Family Remorial Weekend. Our Weekend is centred on valuing how precious life is.
To date we have raised:
That we have now raised over €110,000 is a phenomenal amount which will certainly help many people in need and please God save lives. This is thanks to you all!
As Marie Herlihy put it so eloquently in The Corkman, “We Have 110,000 Reasons To Say Thank You”, which my goodness we do!
Huge Thanks to Eoin English & The Irish Examiner, Marie Herlihy & The Corkman and Maria Moynihan & Irish Country Living Who Continue to Help Us Publicise Our Twomey Family Remorial Weekend Efforts
See below for highlights of 2015 weekend:
Check out some video highlights from last year.