This Saturday – Tipperary v Limerick hurling legends match fundraiser for The Alzheimer Society of Ireland

What: The Alzheimer Society of Ireland hosting Bluebird Care sponsored Tipperary v Limerick hurling match fundraiser taking place on Saturday, 7th September in Nenagh, Co Tipperary to mark during World Alzheimer’s Month.

 Nenagh Éire Óg grounds, Nenagh, Co Tipperary (5.00pm Throw-In).

Date: Saturday, 7th September

Time of event: Match Throw-In 5.00pm

Who: Tipperary hurling legends including Liam Sheedy, Brendan Cummins, Michael Ryan, Michael Cleary, Declan O’Meara, Eddie Tucker, Kevin Tucker and Brian Gaynor and Limerick legends including Joe Quaid, Ciaran Carey, T J Ryan, Mike Nash, Gary Kirby, John Quaid and Gerry Quaid.


€15 for adults and kids go free – booked through Eventbrite HERE or purchase on the day

Background Information:

This unique fundraising initiative was the brainchild of two leading Munster dementia advocates, Kevin Quaid and Kathy Ryan, who both have a dementia diagnosis.

All the money raised going towards providing community services and advocacy supports in the Munster area and beyond.


Prominent GAA journalist Damien Lawlor has been confirmed to match commentary, Paul Collins is MC and the Liam McCarthy Cup will also be present on the day.  

This fundraising initiative was the brain child of the dynamic duoKevin Quaid and Kathy Ryanover a cup of tea when they were discussing ways to give something back to The ASI after everything the charity had done for them – so the inaugural ‘Kevin Quaid and Kathy Ryan Legends Cup’.


In total there are an estimated 13,746 people living with dementia in Munster. There are 2,013 people living with dementia in Limerick and 848 people living with dementia in in North Tipperary and 1,054 people living with dementia in South Tipperary.


It is estimated that there are 55,000 people living with dementia in Ireland and for every one person with dementia three others are directly affected. The number of people with dementia is expected to more than double over the next 20 years to 113,000 in 2039. There are an estimated 50,000 carers of people with dementia in Ireland.


Bluebird Care provides home and community care in Ireland and everyday sees the impact dementia has on an individual, their family and the community around them.  Having recently completed a survey of attendees at their recent Understand, Respect and Respond with Care free Dementia talks they are hearing first-hand what support individuals are asking for to enable to live as independently as possible for as long as possible.


About Kevin Quaid & Kathy Ryan:


Dementia advocate Kevin Quaid, who is originally from Broadford in Co Limerick but now living in Kanturk, Co Cork, was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia in 2017 aged just 57, is an avid GAA fan and speaks about the fighting spirit of the Limerick hurling team and the fact they never gave up. Kevin is a member of the Southern Dementia Working Group.


Dementia advocate Kathy Ryan was diagnosed with Younger Onset Alzheimer’s in January 2014 at the age of 53 and is a mother to two boys and lives in Cashel, Co Tipperary. Kathy got involved in advocacy work because she wants to break down the stigma of dementia and this September will be taking part in the Camino Adventure fundraiser after successfully completing it last year. Kathy is Vice-Chair of the Irish Dementia Working Group.


World Alzheimer’s Month:


This month is an opportunity to build understanding about a health issue that will affect more and more people as the years pass, while encouraging crucial efforts to support those already affected by dementia around the world. World Alzheimer’s Day is held on Saturday, September 21st.


For World Alzheimer’s Month in September 2019, we will be joining Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) and other leading dementia organisations around the world to raise awareness of dementia. The theme for World Alzheimer’s Month 2019 will be raising awareness and challenging stigma.

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