Mark McGovern fundraiser night to be held

Updated: November 29, 2011

A special event will take place this Friday night to help raise much needed funds for Mark McGovern who suffered severe injuries during an off the ball incident when playing for his GAA side in America on June 25th of this year.

The event, which will be held in Copper Face Jacks in Dublin, will try and raise some much needed money to help with Mark’s medical bills which have reached over €700,000.

Mark suffered seizures on the pitch as a result of a brutal attack and was frothing at the mouth before being rushed to San Francisco General Hospital. He was placed on a life support machine having suffered a brain injury. He contracted pneumonia, which was life threatening and his family were told Mark had less than 5% survival rate.

Thankfully Mark is on the road to recovery. He continues to improve, with physiotherapy 3 times a week and speech and occupational therapy once a week

As part of the fund-raising efforts a special GAA documentary will be screened for the first time on the night. Entitled “An Exile’s Home in the Bronx’ this documentary, which was directed by Niall McCann, gives a fly-on-the-wall view of the New York Senior Gaelic football team in the lead up to their First Round Connacht Senior Football Championship Qualifier against Roscommon.

Along with the screening of the documentary there will be food and a raffle on the night with a number of jerseys which GAA clubs around the world donated and a few inter-county jerseys to be won. There will also be a signed Dublin jersey which will also be raffled as well as tickets for next year’s Provincial finals.

Tickets are €15 and can be purchased at the door. All proceeds go to the Mark McGovern fund.

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