Race night in Bantry in support of local man

Photographed is Niamh Coughlan, Letterlickey, Bantry and her horse Trigger announcing the Ray Murnane Rehabilitation Fund Race Night on March 26th in The Maritime Hotel. Photo Adrian Cronin

Posted on: 8th March, 2016

Category: Headlines

Contributor: West Cork People

Pictured above: Niamh Coughlan, Letterlickey, Bantry and her horse Trigger announcing the Ray Murnane Rehabilitation Fund Race Night on March 26th in The Maritime Hotel. Photo Adrian Cronin

A rehabilitation fund set up to support local man Ray Murnane has announced a Race Night to take place on Saturday, March 26 at 8.30pm in The Maritime Hotel, Bantry.

In September last year Ray Murnane’s life changed dramatically. While travelling from his home in Letterlickey, Bantry, to University College Cork, to attend the second week of his Master’s Degree course in Social Science, Ray was involved in a serious motorbike accident.

The impact caused a serious spinal injury, trauma to his chest and lungs and also extensive facial injuries. Unfortunately Ray will be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. The Ray Murnane Rehabilitation Fund will help towards the cost of adapting the family home, a traditional farmhouse, to the accepted standard of accessibility for independent living and a suitable wheelchair must also be purchased.

Ray is 45-years-old and lives in Letterlickey with his wife, Dee and his two daughters, Katie-Marie and Hannah. Ten years ago, while working in the construction industry, Ray became involved, on a voluntary basis, with underprivileged and marginalised young people. As a result he returned to education to become a social worker, initially studying Youth and Community and progressing to a further three years in social science.

Immediately after the accident, The West Cork Rapid Response Team arrived on the scene. Dr Jason van der Velde accompanied Ray in an ambulance to CUH, where he received immediate expert care and treatment in the Intensive Care Unit. After seven days, in critical condition in CUH, Ray was transferred to the Mater Hospital in Dublin for spinal surgery. One week later, he had extensive surgery to repair multiple facial and jaw fractures. Ray was in Intensive Care and on a ventilator for four weeks. On October 18 last, he was transferred to the high dependency unit in CUH, where he spent a further three weeks.

In late October, while still in the high dependency unit, Ray was presented with his degree, by the Head of the Department of Social Science, and his lecturers from UCC.

In January, Ray began a three month programme of rehabilitation at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin. From the beginning, surgeons had been clear that he would not walk again. He is in good spirits but there are ups and downs as he faces the challenge of rehabilitation and a new life.

Your support for this fundraising Race Night on March 26 would be greatly appreciated by Ray, his family and organisers. Tickets will be sold in shops locally and more information may be found on www.facebook.com/

RayMurnaneRehabFund/ or www.gofundme.com/

RayRehabFund.

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