Gardaí Beat The Bons In Annual Soccer Match For Crumlin Hospital

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The victorious Garda team. Photo by Dermot Crean

THE Gardaí were the victors in an annual match with a Bon Secours team in aid of a great cause and to remember a little girl who died 11 years ago.

The match was played in the KDL astroturf pitch at Mounthawk in the Friday evening  sunshine with all funds raised going to Our Ladys Children’s Hospital Crumlin.

In a competitive encounter the guards retained the Mary Kate Healy Memorial Trophy, getting the better of the Bons on a 3-2 scoreline, with a hotly disputed penalty decision in favour of the gardaí a talking point after the game!

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The vanquished Bon Secours side. Photo by Dermot Crean

The match — which has raised thousands over the past number of years — honours the memory of little Mary Kate Healy who sadly passed away a year after her first birthday in 2007.

Mary Kate was diagnosed with a liver disease called biliary atresia, she spent about a year of her life travelling up and down to Crumlin for treatment and also spent a lot of time at the Bon Secours.

Fundraising events have been held over the years in Mary Kate’s memory, including an annual walk.

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