Dillon Quirke Foundation Presented With Check For €30,000 From Coláiste Dun Iascaigh Staff And Students


Students and Staff at Coláiste Dun Iascaigh in Cahir have presented a check for €30,000 to the Dillon Quirke Foundation.

First Year Students Rian O’Keffee, Oran Bourke, Séan Lacey & Luke Hackett raised the funds from the success of their school enterprise project.  The money was donated by the boys to Dillon’s parents, Dan and Hazel Quirke at a presentation in the school. The foundation aims to create an awareness of SADS (Sudden Adult Death Syndrome) and raise money to assist with the screening of GAA players over the age of 12 both male and female.

The students created a customised jersey decoration for the Christmas market in school under the business name “Ard-Forieann” and since then has expanded the range of items and the sales locations to achieve a total of €30,000 for the Dillion Quirke Foundation.

The range of items now available includes wooden decorations in the form of jerseys,

car pendants, bag accessories and are also designing and producing a county jersey, as Dillon also played county hurling, mostly playing wing back wearing the No 5 Jersey.

The students have been supported by the entire school community, local businesses and other schools with the Ursuline in Thurles assisting with laser cutting of the materials.

Ard – Foireann was awarded a Special Merit & AIB Entrepreneurial Award at the Student Enterprise County Final held in TUS Thurles. Mr Creedon, the School Principal, congratulated the students on their success at the County Final Enterprise Awards and commended them on their commitment.

More details of their business can be found on Instagram @Ard-Foireann.