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In Pictures: Laois golf club raised €5,000 for staff at Portlaoise Hospital and Pieta House

Each year, the Captains at The Heath Golf Club allocate two days for their chosen charities.

This year the chosen charities were Pieta House and the staff at the Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise, in appreciation of their efforts in these difficult times.

These were chosen by club captain Ber Fitzpatrick and men’s captain Emlyn O’Reilly.

A Four Person Team Event was held on August 26 and 27, with a raffle also organised on the days. Presentation of the cheques took place recently.

A total of €5,000 was raised and divided between the two organisations.

The hospital staff decided to use the funds on additional outdoor seating for staff and the balance on rewards by way of a lottery.

A spokesperson for The Heath Golf club thanked everyone who made their fundraiser a success.

They said: “The organising committee would like to thank everyone who took part in the event for making it a fantastic success.

“A total of 34 teams took part in a four- ball competition representing 14 different clubs from around the country including Athy, Cill Dara, Kilkea Castle, Limerick, Adare, Woodbrook, Grange, Templemore, Grange Castle, and all the Laois Golf Clubs.

“Special appreciation from the club members to our main sponsors of the competition PowerPoint Engineering and Deirdre’s Bistro at the Heath Golf Club.

“The event was also supported by the following local businesses/and members who sponsored the raffle prizes.

“These include Browns Gala Express, Dublin Road, Fitzsimons Printers, Shanagolden, George Christy member HGC, Caffé Latte, Harding Butchers, Mulhall’s Supervalu, Deirdre’s Bistro and Blossom Time.

“Their generosity is hugely appreciated.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.