Less than a year after Anthony O Brien, a young man who was Manager of the Corrib Oil service station and store in Ballinasloe, Co Galway died suddenly from a heart attack, his wife, parents, friends and neighbours came together to arrange a memorial fundraising cycle in aid of Croi. The event which took place in May this year attracted over 200 cyclists who cycled from Athlone to Galway raising the phenomenal sum of €95,000. Such was the popularity of the young man and his family that support for the event was received from far and wide throughout county Galway and Westmeath. Anthony lived in Athlone with his wife Deirdre and their young daughter Ellie but his father Kevin O Brien is originally from Killimor Co Galway and his wife Deirdre is a palliative care nurse who trained at Galway University Hospital.
In recognition of this enormous donation to the fight against heart disease & stroke, Croi hosted a reception at the Croi Heart & Stroke Centre last week where one of the patient support apartments at the centre was dedicated to the memory of Anthony O Brien. The naming ceremony was attended by both the O’Brien and Mannion families and members of the memorial cycle organising committee.
Speaking at the naming ceremony Croi Chairman Kevin O Brien paid tribute to all those who organised, participated and supported the Anthony O Brien Memorial Cycle. He said “ this has been a phenomenal fundraising effort involving hundreds of individuals from all walks of life and the funds raised will make a very real difference to our work in the areas of prevention and recovery. We are deeply grateful to everyone who made this event the success it was.”
Pictured at the naming of a patient support apartment at the Croi Heart & Stroke Centre, photo shows:(left to right)Neil Johnson Croi, Kevin O’Brien, Deirdre O’Brien and Mary O’Brien with Kevin O’Reilly Chairman Croi