Denis “Rackard” Cody, a member of Brian Cody’s backroom staff for many years, is coming to London this weekend with the six cups The Cats have claimed. Denis, Kilkenny’s kit man, will visit a number of pubs in both north and south London over this coming Friday and Saturday in his effort to raise money for Our Lady’s Hospital Crumlin, Ireland’s largest paediatrician hospital.
Kind hearted Denis has already given away prized possessions for the benefit of sick children, including a sliotar and hurley signed by rock legend Bob Dylan on a visit to the Marble City. The idea for his fundraising came to Denis when parishioners for a retiring priest in Manchester contacted him offering money for the hurl signed by Dylan, offering £4,000. Denis had no hesitation in giving away such a prized possession but was uninterested in personal gain.
It is tradition for the winning All-Ireland team to visit the special children’s hospital in Dublin the day after the Croke Park final and this is a tradition Denis “Rackard” Cody has been part of many times. Having already raised €8,000 for the very worthy cause the Crumlin hospital, Denis hopes to reach €10,000.
Kilkenny’s impressive trophy haul for 2014 includes the senior All-Ireland and Leinster crowns, the minor crown, the Walsh Cup and the National Hurling League which will all be on show over the two days.
The event is in association with the Kilkenny Supporters Club. The London Branch of the Kilkenny Supporters Club have hosted Kilkenny hurlers like Michael Kavanagh, Liam “Chunky” O’Brien, Eoin Larkin, Paul Murphy, DJ Carey as well as RTE pundit and Irish World columnist Tomas Mulcahy in the past.
Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin in association with the Kilkenny GAA Supporters present the Liam MacCarthy 2014 Tour of London. Destinations for Friday November 28 are the Little Crown, New Cross at 4.30pm, The Joiners Arms, Lewisham High Street at 6.30pm and The White Horse, Peckham Rye from 9pm till late. On Saturday November 29, the cups will visit The Auld Shilleagh, Stoke Newington at 12pm, The Eagle in Hackney at 3pm, An Roisin Dubh in Kingsbury from 6pm, Conways 3 in Burnt Oak from 9pm and The Hope Poles, Baker Street Enfield from 11pm till late.
All proceeds go to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital