A brilliant day to remember and celebrate the life of Colman Kerr took place last Thursday in the Fr Tierney Park. The god’s were looking down on all who participated as the weather was cool but dry for a very well attended series of events.
The untimely passing of Colman stunned and saddened so many in Ballyshannon and his native Fanad, and it was a fitting tribute to him to see so many turn up on the second day of Christmas and contribute generously in so many ways to make the day a huge success.
As the sun set Diarmaid Keon, chairman of Aodh Ruadh CLG, reported to a large gathering on the side of Fr Tierney Park, that circa 2,500 euro had been raised for the nominated charity, the Bluestack Special Needs Foundation. By night time that evening the figure had increased and was sitting at circa 3,000 euro.
But money apart, it was the generosity of spirit that struck home and underlined just how much people think of Colman and his family in Ballyshannon and in his native Fanad. It was touching too that so many of his friends and club mates from Fanad made the trip to Ballyshannon to show their support.
There was entertainment for all ages with underage ladies and boys games.
The highlight of the day was the inaugural Colman Kerr Charity Match with an Aodh Ruadh Select team taking on a the Rest Of The World team, which included Colman’s former teammates at Aodh Ruadh and Fanad Gaels. There was a very entertaining commentary on the game by Sean Perry and Billy Grimes, who spared no one - legal letters are understood to be in the post.
Apart from the activities on the field there was face painting and other fund-raising activities and an underage quiz.
Refreshments were also provided in the Aras in what was a very successful day in memory of Colman Kerr. Well done to all who made it happen, a fitting tribute and particular praise to the Kerr family who donated a magnificent hand-carved wooden trophy with the Aodh Ruadh and Fanad GAA crests, a work of art, which was presented to the winning team captain, Paul Kane by Deirdre, Cliodhna and Oisin.