Padraig Crowley Auction Saturday 5th November

As part of the fundraising effort by Beara GAA and the Beara Senior Football County Championship winning team of 1997, to support the future educational needs of James (8) and Molly (4), children of the team’s goalkeeper Padraig Crowley and Gemma Crowley, an online golf auction has been set up. The items that are up for auction include an Open championship pin flag from Royal Birkdale in 2008 signed by 2008 Open Champion Padraig Harrington. The 3 time major winner has also kindly donated a signed polo shirt. There are a number of 4 ball green fees also up for auction. Those golf courses are Bantry Bay, Blarney, Castletroy, Ceann Sibéal, Charleville and Connemara. The winner of the auction will be the person with the LOWEST UNIQUE bid and will have a choice of their prize. If a person bids 1 cent and no one else bids that amount, the person is the winner but if 2 or more people bid the same amount that bid is disregarded. The person with the 2nd lowest unique bid will have a choice of the remining prizes as will the remaining winners. It will cost €5 (plus admin fee), to place a bid and €20 (plus admin fee) to place 5 bids with bids closing at 5pm Saturday November 5th . All the bids will be placed online here.

Padraig, who celebrated his 50th birthday recently, grew up in the Beara Peninsula and played football with his local club Castletownbere. It was here where Padraig developed his skills as a goalkeeper. Padraig would go on to represent his Division, Beara with great distinction winning county medals at underage level. In 1997 Padraig was the goalkeeper on the Beara team that defeated Castlehaven in the Cork County Senior Football Final in a replay in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, to bring the Andy Scannell cup back to the Beara Peninsula for the first time since 1967.

In recent years, Padraig has been receiving medical treatment, but unfortunately a recent prognosis has not been positive. Padraig is currently undergoing extensive chemotherapy to curtail the growth of a tumour following his second surgery.

A raffle will be held on the Saturday November 5th , with a wide variety of prizes available. Tickets cost €10 and are available online here and also currently on sale from members of the Beara 1997 team and management.