Barretstown Talks with Roy Keane – JUNE 25TH

Barretstown, the children’s charity which provides therapeutic recreation programmes for children with serious illnesses and their families, has today announced the first in the series of Barretstown Talks, a series of in-depth conversations with leading figures from the world of sport, culture and business.

Roy Keane will kick-start Barretstown Talks. He will be interviewed by Matt Cooper live in the Olympia Theatre on June 25th. The evening will also include a Q&A session and a video retrospective of Roy’s playing career with Cobh Ramblers, Nottingham Forest, Manchester United, Celtic and Ireland, and his Managerial career with Sunderland, Ipswich and Ireland.

Barretstown offer a programme of therapeutic recreation for children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses. All children and their families attend camp at Barretstown free of charge.

Tickets for this exclusive event are priced at €39.50 plus booking fee and can be purchased at HERE or Ticketmaster agents nationwide.

All proceeds in aid of Barretstown.

About Barretstown

Barretstown was founded by Hollywood actor Paul Newman in 1994 and modelled on his renowned Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Connecticut, USA. It serves children affected by serious illnesses – primarily cancer and serious blood diseases and their families.  Barretstown’s mission is to rebuild the lives of these children and their families. We believe that every child with serious illness should enjoy their childhood. All of the children and families come to Barretstown free of charge. Services are provided entirely free of charge to the families who attend, so donations and fundraising efforts are vital for the charity to help more sick children experience the magic of Barretstown each year. Barretstown is supported by donations and the fundraising efforts of corporate supporters, individuals and community groups. For more information see

Roy Keane FB post

For further information contact Gary Cohen on 086-2235670.

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Young boy shows his charitable side..

Ryan Wallace Hartnett aged 10, last week donated his most prized asset, a football signed by the Irish soccer squad with the aim of helping 15 lads who are losing weight for 15 different charities in Ireland Cycle4sickchildren

The charities are: The Ronald McDonald House Crumlin, Mid West Spina Bifida, Bee For Battens, Cliona’s Foundation, Pieta House, Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland, Share a Dream, Temple Street, Down Syndrome Ireland, St Johns Ward Crumlin, St Luke’s Hospital Dublin, CRC Dublin, Irish Guide Dogs, Jack & Jill Foundation and Ian’s Trust.

Ryan decided to do this, as he was so impressed with the lads, he said

“I would like to help the other kids that can’t do what i can do at the moment, its lousy on them so i want to help a little bit”

Ryan who plays for Limerick FC under 11s and is a soccer nut was offered the ball back after a bid of €200 was made but has said, he does not want it back as he wants it to make as much to help out, that alone is a testament to the young man & the way he thinks outside of the game of football.

The ball is still up for auction & has been signed by the likes of Given, O’Shea, St. Ledger, Dunne, Kilbane, McGeady, Whelan, Gibson, Duff, Keane, Doyle, Westwood, Nolan, Foley, Keogh, Andrews, Hunt, Folan, Miller, Long, Lawrence, Kelly.

More information on bidding for the ball can be found on the facebook page C4sc-Pounds-4-Charity weight loss

Well done Ryan, amazing gesture from a boy so young!


Manchester Bound

Last June we organised a Golf Classic with Man U and Liverpool legends to raise much needed awareness for Dyspraxia Ireland. The funds raised that night went towards bringing The Football for all kids to Manchester and this morning they set off for Old Trafford. The kids will spend 3 days in Manchester, where they will be coached by Manchester United Coaches and spend some time at the cliff. They will also take in a premiership game.

Wishing all the kids a great time and fairplay to DB Sports Tours and Dyspraxia Ireland for organising the trip of a lifetime!

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Dyspraxia Ireland – Manchester United & Liverpool Legends Golf Classic at The K Club

Liverpool & Manchester United Legends Charity Golf Classic – Friday 24th June 2011

DBSportsTours & The Coach Diary would like to personally invite you to take part in our Charity Golf Classic, with some of the biggest names in Liverpool and Manchester United history. All proceeds will be donated to bringing 35+ kids with Dyspraxia, Autism and Down Syndrome to the UK to train with Manchester United.

What is Dyspraxia?

Some children despite adequate teaching, a stimulating environment and with a generally normal intellect have difficulty with movement and specific aspects of learning. Dyspraxia is a difficulty with thinking out, planning and carrying out sensory / motor tasks.

For more information on Dyspraxia you can visit

What the Golf Classic is in Aid of?

  • All funds raised will go towards bringing 35+ kids with Dyspraxia and learning difficulties to train with Manchester United Football Club, enjoy a Premier league game, Accommodation, Transport and Food.
  • Promoting awareness of Dyspraxia in Ireland in order to create a better understanding of the difficulties children and their Parent’s face.
    • Working and liaising with other related organisations, particularly those dealing with spectrum disorders
    • Liaising with our regional support groups throughout the country.

The Venue for the event will be the fabulous K Club, Palmer Smurfit Course.

There are 3 Packages to choose from –

Package A – 4 Ball Shotgun, Buggy Hire, Breakfast, BBQ Lunch, Refreshments on Course, Goody Bag and Gala Dinner with legends and evening entertainment.

Package B – 3 Ball Shotgun with a Liverpool or Manchester United legend, Buggy Hire, BBQ Lunch, Refreshments on Course, Goody Bag and a Gala Dinner with the legends and evening entertainment. (Package B Afternoon Only)

Package C – Gala Dinner Evening only, limited places

*8:00am Tee-Off

  • A team of 4 is €800, which includes a great day of entertainment and surprises, with breakfast on arrival and 4 places at the Gala Dinner.  The 18 holes of competition golf will begin at 8:00am in the form of a shotgun start and the evening event will include a 4 course Gala Dinner, fantastic prizes and a host of celebrity football legends and a night’s entertainment.

*The K Club are providing access to the K Spa, a state of the art luxury health Spa on site, complimentary for the day. (If you require any treatments these should be booked in advance and will be at your own expense).

2:00pm Tee-Off

  • 8 teams of 4 @ €800 a team available and
  • 10 teams consisting of 3 with a legend at a cost of €1,200 plus a free tee-box advertisement space for your company.
  • The €1,200 includes a full 18 holes with a Liverpool or Manchester United legend.
  • This package also includes a great day of entertainment and surprises, a lunch on arrival and 3 places at the Gala Dinner.  The 18 hole competition of golf will begin at 2:00pm in the form of a shotgun start and the evening event will include a 4 course Gala Dinner, fantastic prizes and a host of celebrity football legends and a nights entertainment.

8:00pm Gala Dinner (Only)

  • Four Course Gala Dinner
  • Legends Q&A
  • Entertainment
  • All for only €95


  • Transport will be provided back to Dublin City Centre (pre book seat)

Caddies & Clubs

  • Available on request (Subject to availability, must be booked in advance)

For further information please contact or visit

All proceed for this event we go to Dyspraxia Ireland. I recently posted an article about the great work the coaches at Lourdes Celtic Football for all section were doing you can read it here –

If you are interested in attending any of the Disability Football Coaches Workshops which the FAI do you can email Oisin Jordan @

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