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Fundraiser for retired Garda Sergeant, John Conneely

Originally from Salthill, Retired Garda Sergeant, John Conneely worked as a sergeant with the Garda Underwater Unit in Dublin for many years.

During over 30 years with the force, John risked his own safety for the public to assist in the search for missing persons and evidence. On several occasions during his career, John suffered life-threatening injuries in the line of duty.

Last year, John (59) suffered spinal injuries in a tragic fall while holidaying with his partner in Amsterdam. After feeling unwell in a restaurant, he went to leave the premises and collapsed, falling down a steep granite stairs breaking his neck.

This tragic accident has left John without the use of his arms or legs and is currently receiving treatment and care at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire.

Father-of-two, John will require 24/7 specialist care for the rest of his life, as well as specialised accommodation and equipment.

John’s family and friends are raising money to ensure his future care and rehabilitation. The fundraising team has already raised €30,000 and are hoping to raise more.

They have organised a benefit night in the Galway Bay Hotel on Thursday, February 23 with live music from Da Derga and Acapella Knights, and fantastic prizes to be won; including hotel weekend breaks, signed Irish rugby jerseys and balls, Connacht jerseys signed by the winning Pro12 team, signed Munster rugby jerseys, signed Dublin football jerseys and signed Galway jerseys.

Doors at 8pm – Tickets €10

You can find out more about the fundraising night here and you can donate to John’s cause here


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