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Askin Family Presentation

In September last the terrible tragedy leading to the death of Gary Askin, Cornacreeve, while working at the mushrooms, rocked and stunned the community and the mourning was spread over a wide area. The work of his friends in helping out with parking arrangements throughout the wake and the huge Guard of Honour representing local organisations at his funeral were clear proof of the respect and love with which Gary was held by so many. In lieu of Flowers the family requested that a donation could be given, which would go to the Le Chéile centre at Edenmore National School, where Gary's cousin is doing marvellous work. Just before Christmas, December 21st, Gary's family presented the donations to Barry Cuddy, Principal of Edenmore National School, and the total came to €4,650. In accepting the presentation Barry Cuddy thanked the family, and all who gave a donation, for their generosity and assistance to Le Chéile. He said that the Le Chéile unit was proving extremely important and playing a huge role in the education system and that this funding would be of great assistance to those who work in the Unit to carry on that good work. Our photo shows Eddie and Geraldine making the presentation to Barry. They stand at a seat which is described as a Buddy Bench and this will be placed in the Playground and a plaque will be placed beside it recognising the contribution of the Askin family. The inscription reads: 'In loving memory of Gary Askin. Angels exist but sometimes they don't have wings, they are called friends'.

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