Derry football comp in memory of lost friends


More than £700 has been raised in a charity football match in memory of Derry friends Joe Campbell and Don McMenamin.

The money raised by the Joseph’s Boys’ School past pupils has been donated to the Creggan school’s past pupils bursary fund and to the fund to bring home Patrick Friel-Curran who died last week in New York.

James Campbell, the event organiser, said it was decided to donate some money to help “bring home” Patrick Friel-Curran because of the similarity to what his family faced in bringing his brother Joe home from Australia after his death in August 19, 2011.

With the regeneration project ongoing at Brooke Park playing fields, this year’s final was held in St Joseph’s Boy’s School.

“Both Don and Joe, were past pupils and the union was all too happy to help with full backing from the school’s principal Damien Harkin.

“The competition was won by Glenowen who defeated a brave and hard working Hatmore Harps 5-2.

Don McMenamin and Joe Campbell were friends at the school.

Don died in July 2004 after suffering serious head injuries in an incident in Rosemount. Joe died suddenly in tragic circumstances in Australia and a campaign was mounted by friends of his family to help fund his repatriation.

The contest in their memory is an annual event.