New Years Day 'pier jump' in memory of Diarmuid MacArtain
The family of local man Diarmuid MacArtain, who passed away recently, are organising a New Year’s Day 'Pier Jump' at Gyles Quay between 11am and 12 noon in his memory.
The proceeds of which will go towards Diarmuid's own chosen charities.
Speaking to the Democrat, Diarmuid's partner Rebecca Wilson, spoke about his condition.
"Diarmuid was very active in his life he played for his local club St. Patrick’s GFC and was working as a freelance personal trainer.
Rebecca continued: "He was diagnosed four years ago with a condition called Addison’s Disease, this meant his adrenal gland no longer produced enough cortisone and in effect he had to support his immune system on a daily basis for the rest of his life with medication.
"With him being only 31 (when he passed) we had the rest of our lives ahead of us which is now gone, so I want to ensure that I can raise enough awareness about the condition in his memory," she added.
"Diarmuid and his sisters and friends would have gone pier jumping throughout their childhood and teenage years. In recent times Diarmuid and myself spent most Saturdays or Sundays down the quay with our dogs."
Sponsorship forms for anyone interested in participating can be obtained by sending €10 registration via PayPal to email@example.com or in person at the family home.
Warm showers, soup and sandwiches will be available in Fergusons Bar afterwards.
Anyone with any queries can contact Rebecca on 00447725187600.