Tír na nÓg Hosting Two Cardiac Events
8th October 2019
On September 12th last year, the Tír na nÓg club in Randalstown was numbed by the sudden death of one of their former dual players and under-age hurling coach Darryl Heatley.
A year on, to mark what would have been Darryl’s 40th birthday on the weekend of 26th – 27th October, the club have organised two events to highlight the importance of regular health checks and regular exercise.
Following two previous successful screening programmes, the club invited CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) back to the club over the weekend. Within a short period of time all the places on the programme were taken ensuring that almost 250 young people will be screened for congenital cardiac disorders. All the screenings are free.
The second event is a 4 mile walk/run or a 40 mile cycle on Sunday 27th where the club hopes to get as many as possible out for a short social exercise which will finish up in the club rooms where refreshments will be provided by Darryl’s wife Oonagh and the Heatley family.
Anyone interested in doing the walk/run or cycle will be welcomed by the Tír na nÓg club and Heatley family with the proceeds going to CRY to help them raise awareness and save young lives.
It is understood that in the UK alone 12 young people a week die from undiagnosed cardiac disorders. With this in mind, it is hoped that this weekend at the club will raise awareness especially among parents/guardians of the need for young people to be screened for cardiac abnormalities and to support CRY screening.
Pictured is Collette Fitzgerald with her son Brian undergoing the CRY screening.