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Motor Neurone Golf Classic takes place at Dromoland this September

Motor Neurone Golf Classic – Pictured at the launch are Sean O’Reilly (Dell), Davy Fitzgerald (Wexford Hurling Manager), Pat Fogarty (Event Chairman), Monica Bonar (Duggan Systems), John Garry (Dell) and Fiona Connolly (Lyons of Limerick)

Motor Neurone Golf Classic takes place at Dromoland this September

The Motor Neurone Golf Classic, a major golf classic in aid of Motor Neurone Disease will take place at Dromoland Castle on Thursday, September 10 and Friday, September 11, 2020.  

In the face of adversity brought about by a Motor Neurone Disease diagnosis in August 2018, Pat Fogarty (56) from Herbertstown, Co. Limerick, decided to do everything in his power to help expedite Motor Neurone Disease research into this so far incurable disease. With the help of a dedicated volunteer committee, he has already raised thousands of euros for MND research.




Pat’s life radically changed for him and his family when within 9 months of being diagnosed with MND, he had lost his voice and ability to swallow. Pat is under the care of Prof. Orla Hardiman who is a world-class leader of MND research and along with her dedicated and passionate team are strongly supporting this drive to raise much-needed funds and awareness.

“I am very optimistic that we are going to find new treatments for MND. MND is not untreatable, it’s underfunded. We hope that you will support Pat’s efforts by participating in, or sponsoring the event, or simply by donating,” said Prof. Orla Hardiman, Professor of Academic Neurology, Trinity College Dublin National Clinical Lead in Neurology.

As an avid sportsman and a sports fan, Pat believes in sports as a vehicle that brings people together to share the moments of competitiveness and joy. Pat has attracted a host of beloved personalities and sports legends (too many to mention) to support this Golf Classic and make it an outing to remember. While tee times are filling fast, there are still some opportunities to register a team and many opportunities to sponsor or donate. Prizes include a car for the Hole-in-One, a 4 ball in Adare Manor Hotel and a round of golf in Ballybunion and Doonbeg! 

Funds raised will go directly to research and will benefit the participation of the Irish patients in TRICALS.

For for further information email Breda Fogarty, Committee Member at [email protected] or call +353 87 9251710 

To donate or register a team please visit HERE

What Is MND?

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a progressive neurological condition that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord. This means messages gradually stop reaching the muscles, which leads to weakness and wasting.

MND can affect how you walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe. However, not all symptoms necessarily happen to everyone and it is unlikely they will all develop at the same time, or in any specific order.

The cause of MND is not known. There may be environmental factors that trigger the damage in people who are susceptible to the disease. Ongoing research is necessary to find out the nature of these environmental factors, and what makes one person more susceptible than another.

MND strikes people of all ages and currently there is no cure, however, symptoms can be managed to help the person achieve the best possible quality of life.

For more stories about Motor Neurone Disease, click HERE

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