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Tag rugby teams tog out for Mercy ICU

Thursday, 30th March, 2017 1:00am

Cork Tag Rugby is holding its annual Good Friday Charity Blitz at Highfield RFC and this year’s beneficiary will be the Mercy Hospital Foundation.

Cork Tag Rugby was approached about holding this year’s blitz in aid of the Mercy Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) by Carrigaline man Ger Mulcahy.

His wife Bernice spent four weeks at the ICU following major surgery, but she sadly passed away on 22 February 2016.

“The level of care, compassion and respect that was given to Bernice before her passing was tremendous,” said Ger.

“Our family will remain eternally grateful to the amazing team of doctors, nurses and support staff in the ICU.

“We could not have asked for better care for Bernice during those difficult four weeks. It is for that reason that we are hoping to raise vital funds to help the continued delivery of this excellent care, which will greatly benefit those who are gravely ill.”

All proceeds raised from the blitz will go towards upgrading facilities and equipment at the ICU, particularly the purchase of syringe drivers. These enable staff to deliver pain relief and other medicines to critically ill patients in a safe and controlled way.

“We are delighted to be supporting the Mercy Hospital Foundation this Easter, a very worthy Cork charity which helps to provide essential services to patients and their families locally,” said Conor Keane from Cork Tag Rugby.

“Each year, our Good Friday Charity Blitz proves extremely popular as tag rugby’s popularity grows, and a great night is assured for players and supporters alike,” said Mr Keane.

“This promises to be a great event, so register your team today and get training!” added Deirdre Finn, Campaigns & Community Manager at the Mercy Hospital Foundation.

It doesn’t matter how good you are – tag teams of all levels and abilities are invited to get in on the action and join those already committed to taking part, including the Defence Forces.

Teams can consist of between seven and 14 players and must include a mix of males and females, with at least three ladies per tag team.

There’s set to be plenty of craic off the pitch too as the clubhouse bar will be opened for the event with entertainment provided after the blitz for everyone involved.

The charity blitz costs €160 to enter a team and games will kick off at 5.30pm sharp on Good Friday, 14 April. Visit Mercyfundraising.ie.

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