Connacht players to visit clubs for Care4Claire charity cycle

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This month will see 49 Connacht Rugby players visiting clubs as part of the Care4Claire charity cycle from Galway to Sligo.

Connacht Rugby is organising the provincial-wide charity cycle in aid of 35 year old Claire Carpenter, which will take place on August 13.

The 218km Care4Claire cycle will take its staff and club volunteers in stages from the Sportsground to Sligo RFC, all with the aim of raising much-needed funds for Claire’s recovery from a life changing stroke.

The route will see the group travel via Ballinrobe, Ballyhaunis, Frenchpark, Carrick-on-Shannon and Coolaney before they reach Sligo RFC.

The club have confirmed 40 of the professional team and nine of the senior women’s team will be present along the route at each stop.

At these stops attendees will get an opportunity for photos and autographs with the players.

On February 10, Claire suffered a stroke at her home in Coolaney, Co. Sligo after days of feeling unwell.

After being rushed to the ICU unit of Beaumont Hospital she was placed in an induced coma for over a week following two life-saving operations.

The operations saved her life, but she was left with no power on the left side of body afterwards.

Significant funds need to be raised to allow her to continue her rehabilitation in Dun Laoghaire, and eventually lead an independent life at home.

Claire’s partner Ross Mannion is a Rugby Participation Officer with Connacht Rugby, and the couple have three children Luke (14), Anna (10) and Zach (7).

A GoFundMe page to help cover the costs of her recovery, and to help with her independent living has so far raised more than €101,000.

The Connacht team members taking part in the the charity cycle are:

Ballinrobe RFC – 8.30am – 9.30am
Conor Fitzgerald
Ava Ryder
Matthew Burke
Grace Browne Moran
Josh Murphy
Jessica Loftus
Paul Boyle
Mary Healy
Sean Masterson
Muireann Cawley
Colm Reilly
Rebecca Gavin
Grant Stewart

Frenchpark – 11.30am – 1.30pm
Denis Buckley
Mary Healy
Jack Aungier
Noreen Cassidy
Conor Oliver
David Hawkshaw
Caolin Blade
Shane Bolton
Oran McNulty
Jordan Duggan

Carrick-on-Shannon – 1.30pm – 3pm
Gavin Thornbury
Mary Healy
Shane Delahunt
Byron Ralston
Kieran Marmion
Darragh Murray
Shane Jennings
Cathal Forde
Sam Illo
Adam Byrne

Coolaney Community Park – 3pm – 4pm
Peter Dooley
Mary Healy
Tom Daly
Nicole Fowley
Shamus Hurley-Langton
Oisin McCormack
Tiernan O’Halloran
John Porch
Dominic Robertson-McCoy

Sligo RFC – 4.30pm – 7pm
Jack Carty
Mary Healy
Ciaran Booth
Nicole Fowley
Alex Wootton
Shannon Touhey
Dylan Tierney-Martin
Jarrad Butler
Diarmuid Kilgallen
Oisin Dowling
Niall Murray