A devoted Buncrana grandfather undertook a 12-hour golfing marathon on Friday to raise funds in honour of his granddaughter.
Liam Lynch, a well-known local taxi-driver, was one of a group of local men who golfed through the night to raise money for Friends of the Coombe Hospital.
When darkness fell, Liam and his fellow golfers ingeniously played with light-up golf balls. Over the course of the 12 hours, they played “roughly 65 holes” on the nine hole course.
The event has raised almost 2000 euro so far for the hospital, which helped care for Liam’s granddaughter Sarah last year. Young Sarah was born at 27 weeks on May 15th, 2013 to Liam’s daughter, Mary Porter.
As Sarah was born so early, she had to spend the first few months of her life in the care of the doctors and nurses at the Dublin hospital. She is now looking forward to her first birthday next month. Liam told the Journal the night was “great craic and all for a worthy cause,” He said: “I promised I’d do a fundraiser if Sarah survived. The hospital was absolutely brilliant and so good to Mary and Sarah’s father, Mark.”
“I was down in Ballyliffin one day and Sarah’s other grandfather, Jim Porter, was doing some sort of demonstration with light-up golf balls.I asked Buncrana Golf Club if they’d give me permission to do the fundraiser and they said it was no bother at all. It all took off from there.” Liam paid tribute to his fellow golfers, Derek, Brian, Kevin, Paul, his two sons Liam Junior and Michael, Sarah’s father Mark Porter and grandfather Mark. He also thanked Buncrana Golf Club and everyone who turned up on the night.