Cahir Ladies raise money for the Irish Guide Dogs Association

Girls from a football club in Tipperary really brought the house down when they decided to raise money for the Irish Guide dogs. The team from Cahir Ladies Football Club organised a giant ‘Cahir House Push’ in August. Around 60 people pushed a giant timber replica of Cahir House, measuring 8 feet in length by 4 feet in height, from Cork to Dublin in just a few days.

The Push began at the Irish Guide Dogs Headquarters in Cork city and made its way through Midleton, Fermoy and Mitchelstown. It continued to travel through many towns on the journey up the country, including Carlow, Kilkenny and Athy, before concluding in Dublin. The volunteers took a well-deserved rest at the end of the push and attended a GAA match at Croke Park.

The trip raised money for the Guide Dogs and Cahir Ladies Football Club. The launch of the event took place at Cahir House, where many people turned out to support the fundraiser. Ms Joan Ryan, accompanied by her guide dog, was there to represent the Irish Guide dogs. Chairman of Cahir Ladies football Club, Mr Liam Shinnick and chairman of Cahir GAA, Mr Pat Hyland, were also at the launch.

The cost of training each guide dog is €35,000 a year and an additional €1.5 million is required to cover the cost of running the centre, so all funds are gratefully received. Pictured above are some of the girls with Guide Dog trainers Elaine Cannon, Melanie Dolan and Nuala Geraghty.

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