THE Mark Heffernan Trust Golf Classic took place on Friday, September 9 at Esker Hills Golf Club. The event, organised throughout the summer, was hailed a huge success by Trustee, Martin Heffernan with a turnout of forty teams of four.
The Trust was established in April of 2010 following the sudden death of Mark Heffernan of Ashley Court in January 2008 from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS). This silent killer attacks young adults of between the ages of 15 and 40 and accounts for between 60 and 80 deaths per annum in Ireland.
One well known case is that of former Tyrone Footballing Captain, Cormac McAnallen, who died in 2004, and highlighted SADS. However, to date, the numbers have not shown any decline.
The Mark Heffernan Trust was established with a number of goals in mind, namely: to inform the general public of this fatal condition, to assist in the supply of defibrillators to schools and colleges nationwide, to support those affected by SADS, to fund further research in to causes of SADS, and most importantly, possible preventative measures.
The Golf Classic began at 8.30am with a team teeing off almost every ten minutes until 4pm on Friday evening.
The event was sponsored by a wide variety of patrons, with all visitors enjoying the beautiful course at Esker Hills. Each participant was treated to a wonderfully maintained course, followed by dinner in the clubhouse and a prize giving ceremony that evening.
The Trustees would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to all the local and national companies and individuals that sponsored the event and assisted in its success. A perpetual trophy carved from bog oak and commissioned by MCOH Architects was presented to overall winners and local team, John F McLoughlin, Diarmuid O’Hare, Alan Clarke and Denis Watts by Mr Conor Finnegan, partner at MCOH Architects.