Charity football match in Letterkenny for Caitlin

Charity football match in Letterkenny for Caitlin
There will be a charity Gaelic football match taking place this August Bank Holiday Monday at O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny.

There will be a charity Gaelic football match taking place this August Bank Holiday Monday at O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny.

Admission to the game is free of charge although donations of choice for the raffle and the musical performances would be greatly appreciated and will go towards the Yorkhill Children’s Foundation.

Throw-in time has been pencilled in for 3pm.

The game is being used as a fundraiser for the hospital that looks after Caitlin Hartley, a two-year -old who suffers from a rare heart condition and who is the niece of Trea Duffy, a member of the St Eunan’s club.

Caitlin and her family will be present on the day as special guests of the Letterkenny club.

Trea herself is embarking on a 14-day cycle trek across Burma next February as part of the fundraiser whilst Caitlin’s father, Steven Hartley, has already started gathering support for his 2,013km run across Scotland, where the family currently reside in Edinburgh.

Trea has also signed herself up to partake in the annual Edinburgh 50 Mile Night Cycle this coming September and recently braved the elements to climb to the summit of Ben Nevis.

Caitlin’s condition is officially termed as Trucus Arteriosos, which means that part of the valves into her heart don’t function properly.

Regardless, she remains a bundle of energy with a constant smile on her face. Her dad’s homemade video ‘Caitlin’s story’ has reached over 2,500 views on YouTube since May.

Letterkenny-based pub, McGinley’s Bar, has staged two themed quiz nights this month already for the cause.

Event organiser Jonathan Foley is hoping that as many people as possible will come along to O’Donnell Park this Monday, be them St Eunan’s supporters or not, to support a really great and worthwhile cause in an enjoyable and entertaining way.

“This game is only a friendly and a bit of fun, of course, but I think it goes to show that GAA clubs can be so much more than just a place to play football, hurling, camogie,” he said.

“What we at Eunan’s hope to do for Caitlin’s hospital, which cares for so many other sick children, is to show that a family faces a dilemma like this, the community feel of the club will step in to help.”

“I know a lot of people have made plans this Bank Holiday but for anyone around Letterkenny, it really would be great to get as many people down on Monday.”

“It’s a great chance to for folks to bring their own families and friends out for a little while and to support something special and important.”

Information on this event can be obtained through the St Eunan’s GAA facebook page or by contacting