Ryan’s best friend raises €15,000 for Dystonia Ireland

Photo of Aidan Baker presenting the Doctors from the Neurological department of St Vincents Hospital Dublin.Left to right ... Dr. Sean O'Riordan, Aidan Baker Who organised the event , Dr. Anna Molloy, Dr. Laura Williams, Dr. Okk Kimmich, Professor Michael Hutchinson.
Last October in a little pub in Jonesborough, Armagh called The Gap O The North Bar, a fancy dress party took place.

Last October in a little pub in Jonesborough, Armagh called The Gap O The North Bar, a fancy dress party took place.

This wasn’t just any old halloween party but a charity fund raising fancy dress party organised by a young gentleman from Carlingford by the name of Aidan Baker.

Aidan was the best friend of Ryan Byrne who tragically lost his life in acar accident back in September 2012.

“Ryan was only 21 years of age and was one of the nicest good natured caring lads you could ever meet.,” a friend to ld the Democrat.

He was also a very close friend of Karl McEvoy from Dundalk who suffers from generalised Dystonia.

Aidan decided to organise and run a fun night in memory of his best friend Ryan and donate all proceeds raised to Dystonia Ireland.

Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder which is characterised by involuntary muscle contractions which force certain parts of the body into abnormal, sometimes painful, movements.

Aidan continued to fund raise by contacting local businesses in the North Louth, South Armagh and Down area.

He spread the word to their large network of young friends who turned up on the night and the pub was packed with young and old alike the majority of whom put the effort in and turned up in fancy dress attire.

There was an auction on the night with lots of highly sought after items going under the hammer as well as raffles and competitions all of which raised a considerable sum of money for Dystonia Ireland,

The total amount raised on the night was a phenomenal €15,000.

On the night everyone who attended and who were involved had a great night’s craic and it was very moving for all of Ryan’s friends and family along with Karl’s friends and family. The organisers told the Democrat that they were overwhelmed with the turnout, support and generosity from the local people and businesses of North Louth and surrounding areas. Many thanks go out to everyone who helped or supported the cause in any way.