In support of a child suffering from a serious illness, Derek Smith and Niall Whelan are looking for your support at a Charity Rapid in the club. The tournament is open to both members and visitors.

Location: Rathmines Chess Club
6 Rounds starting at 2pm sharp.
Time Control is 15 mins + 10 sec increment per move
1st prize: €50, 2nd prize: €30, 3rd prize €20

Please send confirmation of entry to derekjsmith1@gmail.com as soon as possible . Due to limited space, first 30 entries can only be accommodated. Entry fee €10 payable on the day at 1.45pm.
Closing date of entries is 5pm Friday 20th of May 2016.
Prize fund kindly sponsored by Trinity Taxis.

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Last year one of our closest friends and his wife received the devastating
news that their youngest son, Fionn, had been diagnosed with Duchenne
Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).  This is the most virulent form of Muscular
Dystrophy and affects 1 in every 3500 male children born.  DMD results in
progressive muscle weakness as muscle cells break down and are gradually
lost.  Fionn now has difficulty in walking and finds it difficult to play
physical games with his brother and two sisters.  Fionn is eight years old
and his muscular strength will continue to deteriorate over the coming

For Fionn’s family this means that extensive modifications will be required
to their home.  These modifications will be very expensive.  What we can do
to ease the emotional strain on Fionn’s family is limited but we can do
something concrete to ease the financial burden.  To that end some of
Fionn’s family and friends are undertaking a sponsored trek of Galteemore
on the 4th of June to raise funds towards the house modifications.

Most of us have not had to deal with such a life altering illness and this
is our opportunity to show solidarity with a family who have been touched
by this challenge.  I would ask you to contribute generously to this fund
raising effort and I can assure you that with the exception of the
gofundme.com fees all funds raised will go to Fionn and his family.

To give additional support to this fundraising effort we asking our friends in Rathmines and other clubs to join us for a fundraising chess rapid tournament on Sat 21st.

 The ‘Gofundme’ web site is set up:


thank you

Derek and Niall

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