Saturday 29 October 2016

Man salutes father with all-day golf marathon

A Dublin bus driver is putting his stamina to the test in a 24-hour golf marathon in memory of his father.

Gordon Byrne (39), from Tallaght, and three friends will drive across four counties to play four golf courses tomorrow in support of the Irish Cancer Society and Our Lady's Hospice.

The Longest Day Golf Challenge came after Byrne's father, Gay, passed away earlier this year from pancreatic cancer.

"Last summer my dad started getting sick, he lost a couple of stone in weight and it got more sinister. A friend of my wife's also died of bowel cancer and my uncle had died of cancer so I wanted to do something," Mr Byrne told the Herald.

Mr Byrne described the work and support of both services as "phenomenal".

"My dad was in the hospice for five weeks, but they were the best five weeks since he had gotten really sick. The chemotherapy knocked him for six but I couldn't give them enough credit for the way they treated him," he said.

"The week before he died, he got this crazy idea that he wanted to go to Tallaght stadium to watch Shamrock Rovers play. So my sister rang Shamrock Rovers and explained the situation and the hospice made sure he got up to see the game," he added.

Tomorrow, Gordon will be joined by his best friend Kevin O'Herlihy, his sister's fiancee Paul Dooley and his cousin, PGA pro David Lavelle.

The lads will begin the golf in Wicklow at 4.30am before travelling to Kildare and Laois and finishing up in Citywest by 10pm.

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