Co-operation Ireland holds tribute night for local hero Pat Jennings
A host of celebrities from the world of sport, music and television attended an event recently to pay tribute to the Northern Ireland goalkeeping legend Pat Jennings.
Soccer, GAA, rugby, golf and snooker heroes along with iconic names from the music business joined Pat for the 20th anniversary of his annual Pat Jennings Golf Challenge in aid of the peace-building charity, Co-operation Ireland.
The golfing event at Royal County Down was followed by an evening organised by Co-operation Ireland to acknowledge and thank him for his steadfast support for the past two decades. To date over £500,000 has been raised for the charity through Pat’s efforts.
Speaking at the event Pat said, “I am proud to have been able to help do my bit for peace-building through Co-operation Ireland over the past 20 years. It is always great to hear that the work of Co-operation Ireland is having an impact on our young people.
“Their programmes give hope that the peace that now exists will be built upon and that the future will be peaceful and prosperous for all the people on this small island.”
Peter Sheridan, Co-operation Ireland Chief Executive said, “Co-operation Ireland is indebted to Pat Jennings and the support he has shown us over the past 20 years.
“During those years he has gallantly cycled between Belfast and Dublin, walked from Dublin to Belfast, was trailed around the country in a vintage car, organised his own testimonial and helped organise the visit to Belfast by the Manchester United team and all to help us build a shared future.”
Peter added, “To add to all the other accolades that have been said of Pat over the years, Co-operation Ireland wants to add another – he is Pat the Peace-Builder.”
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