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LIT Tag Rugby Blitz raises thousands in aid of the charity First Light

The academic department of Sports and Finance at LIT has a special connection with the charity First Light. First Light offers support and information, promotes research into the sudden, unexpected and often unexplained death of a child or young person. In November 2014 Darragh O’Brien, then aged two, died suddenly. His father Donnacha was a final year Sports Management student at LIT at the time. He and his partner Patrice Clarke were devastated by their bereavement. First Light provided them with tremendous support as they tried to recover from their tragic loss, and they have become tireless fundraisers for the charity.​​
In April 2015 Donnacha’s class at LIT held the first Tag Rugby Blitz in aid of First Light. This has now become an annual event and the 2016 blitz took place on April 5th. It was organised by second year Sports Management students in association with Kenneth McNamara of Munster Rugby, a graduate of LIT and former class mate of Donnacha’s. During the morning of the blitz pupils from five local primary schools participated in a tag rugby tournament. In the afternoon teams of students and staff competed for the Darragh O’Brien memorial trophy which was ultimately won by a fourth year Sports Management team captained by Alan Bennie. A cheque of €2,300 was recently presented to Donnacha by some of the organisers of this year’s fundraiser. To date almost €7,000 has been generated by the LIT Tag Rugby Blitz for First Light.​​
We are very grateful to our sponsors, Kenneally’s Jewellers, No. 1 Pery Square, The Savoy Hotel, Hamptons Restaurant, The Strand Hotel, Bloomfield House Hotel Mullingar, Lidl, Spar Old Cratloe Road, Honeycomb Hair Salon, Woodview Pharmacy, Dunnes Stores, Centra Clarina and Fine Wines amongst others.

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Photo: LIT President Terry Twomey, Magda Zimon, Donnacha O'Brien, Katie Hennessy, Alan Bennie, and Caroline Shanley of LIT Sport and Finance Department

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