Local GAA club honours mother and GAA coach

by Rachel Cunningham
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A coach and mother from St. Jude’s GAA Club inspired the building of a serenity garden wall for members of the Templeogue club.

Last Friday Alfa Electrical presented Jack & Jill Foundation with €1,400 raised in honour of Sue Gordon.

The electrical contractors held a charity golf outing, The Sean O’Donnell Cup, on September 1 in memory of Sean O’Donnell and Sue Gordon and in aid of the Jack & Jill Foundation.

The wife of Alfa Electrical director Ronan Howard, Sue died in January 2022 at the age of forty.

The Sean O’Donnell Memorial Cup was founded when former Alfa Electrical financial controller, Sean O’Donnell, died in January 2020, at 60 years of age.

“We named a cup after Sean O’Donnell and the event was in memory of Sue,” said Ronan.

“She was a big supporter of Jack and Jill, so we sold Jack & Jill candles on the day of the golf fundraiser. Each one has a costume pendent but two in every 6,000 candles have a diamond inside.

“One of our own was the lucky winner, James Brien, who is getting married next year to his

fiancé Derval.”

Jack and Jill presented James with the diamond at a ceremony in St Jude’s last Friday, while Ronan gave the charity a cheque with all funds raised by Alfa Electrical and the club.

“There are two other guys in the club in a similar situation to me and then many others have lost people over the years,” said Ronan.

“We decided to build a memory garden, where people can go to read a book and reflect. I have two daughters and it’s great for them.

“I’ve given a lot of years to St. Jude’s but over the last two years, it’s been a great support network for me and the girls. We’d be lost without the club,” he added.

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