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2024 Clionas Charity Race Day at Limerick Racecourse is a huge success

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2024 Clionas Charity Race Day – Pictured above are Race Sponsor Dpack presenting the winning prize. Picture: Kieran Ryan-Benson

2024 Clionas Charity Race Day raised vital funds for the charity

Mick Guinee, Mary Duggan, Catherine Coughlin of EI Electronis Shannon – Winner of the overall prize with Katie O Riordan, Cliona’s

The 2024 Clionas Charity Race Day took place on Thursday, May 23 at Limerick Racecourse. This was the 4th Race Day and the first was first held in 2019 and everyone was absolutely delighted to be back again to enjoy a day out while also helping to raise funds for Cliona’s families.  

TJ Ryan, MC for the event, kept the crowd up to date on the evening’s races. Companies and individuals involved in the event were treated to some delicious BBQ food served by Fitzgerald’s Woodlands Hotel, followed by fantastic live music in the Greenmount suite. The evening offered an opportunity to network with other businesses and time to relax with friends at your very own reserved seating followed by a fun packed evening at the races. EI Electronics emerged as the overall winners in a very exciting finish.   

Cliona’s have been helping families in Limerick, in the Midwest and all over Ireland, since 2008. To date the foundation has provided financial assistance to over 1400 families in Ireland. These are parents who are in a living nightmare and the last thing they should have to worry about is bills. Many parents must give up their jobs to care for their sick child leaving them struggling to cope. Studies have highlighted that a family will need between €10,000 and €15,000 a year to cover various bills while their child is ill.


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Speaking about the importance of fundraising events for the organisation, Co-Founder and voluntary CEO of Cliona’s Brendan Ring said “So many of these families experienced, and continue to experience, the significant non-medical costs of caring for a child with a life-limiting condition. With inflation at an all-time high, the cost of living is crippling families who are already devastated by their child’s illness. We must do all we can to help them. It has never been more urgent to work even harder for the forgotten families Cliona’s work with. Simply by supporting the race day and enjoying a fantastic day out at the races you all helped families who are in a real crisis, so I thank everyone who joined us and supported this day out”

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Cliona’s would like to take this opportunity to thank Michael Lynch and the team at Limerick Racecourse for supporting the race day. They would also like to thank the sponsors of each race and the companies who took part. This year’s 5 race sponsors were CUBE, DPack, PAQIT, IMS and REA Dooley Group. Congratulations to Ei Electronics who were the overall winners of the inter-firm competition. Cliona’s team are very much looking forward to next year’s event already!

The foundation expects that up to 250 families will apply for financial assistance this year and will need to raise a minimum of €750,000 to meet these applications. To learn more and to help please visit clionas.ie or tune in to the two-part documentary “Ireland’s Forgotten Families” which is available on Cliona’s website, clionas.ie.

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Team from PAQ IT. Picture: Kieran Ryan-Benson

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