Charity motorbike ride to help garda shot in US

A call has been issued for motorcycle riders to take part in a charity motorbike run to raise funds for Garda Brian Hanrahan, who was shot in New Orleans last month.

Charity motorbike ride to help garda shot in US

Garda Hanrahan, a father of one from Tipperary, was shot in the leg and lower back during a botched robbery while he was on holiday in Louisiana. He is said to be recovering well, but reports claim his medical bills in the US have topped €1m after undergoing surgery and spending the past 10 days in hospital.

The motorcycle run will take place on February 22, from Newcastle West, Co Limerick — where Garda Hanrahan is stationed — going to the Garda College in Templemore, Tipperary, where the 30-year-old received his training, and ending back in West Limerick.

Fundraiser spokesman Tim O’Donoghue said yesterday: “

It was frightening news and it’s very hard for people to come to terms with it.

“We’re here to give the family a bit of help and support. I can’t imagine the phone call that would come to somebody to say that something tragic like this has happened, and that is the root of what we are doing.

“And it’s important to note that, through the gardaí, we have got the permission of the family to run the event, because it’s a very emotional time for people, and you want to make sure that nobody gets upset by other people trying to do their bit and do a good deed for the family. So there is full support from everybody.”

Registration for the event will take place from 9.30am at the Silver Dollar Bar on Maiden St, Newcastle West, for a 10.30am start.

To participate, contact Michael O’Donoghue on 087 2375139 or Eamon Sheehy on 087 8398656.

Donations to help pay for Garda Hanrahan’s medical bills and travel costs can be made at St Paul’s Garda credit union, Cork, Account No: 55322.

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