JJ und Willie 25/10 Race Night

Local man Paul McArdle has been working hard organising a fundraiser in memory of his late brother Jim McArdle and friend Willie Clarke. Jim and Willie, both from Fatima, died from heart attacks with the former passing away in 1994 and the latter passing in 2009. The name of the fundraiser is ‘The JJ und Willie 25/10’ with the ‘und’ a nod to the fact that both men lived in Berlin for a number of years while the 25/10 signifies the fact that Jim died 25 years ago and Willie ten.
The two men were well known and well loved around town and given that this year marks a significant anniversary since both men died Jim’s brother Paul decided to mark the occasion with a special night in honour of their memory.
According to Paul he also wanted to raise some money for a local charity as part of the evening and after much thought he decided to give all proceeds raised to the Birches Alzheimers Day Care Centre in Dundalk.
“We’ve been having wee gatherings over the years for my brother Jim and good friend Willie Clarke and this year we decided to do something a bit bigger given they died 25 and 10 years ago respectively. We decided to have a night at the dogs in Dundalk Stadium in memory of Jim and Willie on Saturday the 26th of October with the first race starting at 7:50. We are charging €10 for a ticket and all proceeds will go to the Birches Alzheimer Day Care Centre here in Dundalk.
“As well as trying to raise some money we also want to raise awareness for men’s health,” explained Paul. “Both Willie and Jim were relatively young men when they died and when men reach their 40’s it is a very dangerous time for them if they’re not looking after themselves properly. It seems to be a male thing where we will be slow to go see a doctor when something doesn’t feel right inside and we need to get over that and look after ourselves better.
“Willie was only 45 and JJ 44 when they passed away which is far too early and possibly something that could have been avoided with early health checks. Willie actually died over in Berlin ten years ago having lived there for a number of years. Four of us went over there including Willie and Jim and while the rest of us came home Willie stayed there as he loved it so much. I’m looking forward to enjoying a good night out at the dogs in both Willie and Jim’s memory on the 26th October,” added Paul.
Paul is selling admission tickets, advertising space and getting races sponsored for the greyhound race night on Saturday 26th October with all profits going to his chosen local charity, The Birches.
Contact Paul for more information or to get involved on 087 6660094
Tickets are also available from Niall Gallagher’s shop in Fatima.

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