Brave boy: Luke’s friends will never forget to remember

Dedicated volunteers: From left, Joan Brown, Breda Hennessy, Breda Holden, Martina Gantley, Catherine Meaney and Marie Ashe Doyle, Luke Roche’s aunt

LOCAL families whose lives have been impacted by cancer benefited from aweekend memorial tournament to celebrate the young life of a boy who passed away 10 years ago from the illness.

Thanks to the Trojan work of Padraig Doyle and Sandra Cullen, in conjunction with the Rower Inistioge GAA, the memory of Luke Roche lives on in a community where he was so admired and respected.

The 11th annual Luke Roche Tournament was played in Inistioge on Saturday and was well supported by teams from Kilkenny and Wexford.

Donations from participating clubs ensured that all young boys who played in the U9 tournament received medals and goodie bags.

All teams played three competitive games and, fittingly, there were no competition champions as all youngsters were declared winners in a fantastic day of skillful hurling.

Luke Roche who played with the Rower Inistioge was eight only when he died.

Community love declares that he will never be forgotten and the competition will continue as usual next year again with the Rower Inistioge as the host club.

The stars of tomorrow were delighted when brilliant Kilkenny hurling goalkeeper Eoin Murphy turned up to present the medals, ably assisted by local hero Richie Leahy and Darragh Joyce, football star, who is home on holidays from Australia.

Tributes were paid to a ladies committee who cooked burgers and the proceeds of food and minerals at the event were added to the benefit fund.