Celbridge tennis marathon planned for local charity

A twenty four hour tennis marathon in will take place in north Kildare in July.

A twenty four hour tennis marathon in will take place in north Kildare in July.

Larry De Larrad, a native French man, living in Celbridge, will attempt to keep playing tennis for nearly twenty four hours at Celbridge Tennis Club in aid of a charity on the weekend of Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July.

He wants to raise money for a housing project run by the Daughters of Charity for people with intellectual disabilities.

Playing tennis for an hour or two can be tiring but Celbridge Tennis Club member Larry will put tiredness on the back burner during his marathon session.

He will start his tennis marathon at 3pm on Saturday, 7 July, and, hopefully, stop at 3 pm on the following day.

Apart from raising funds he hopes to set an Irish record, but he told the Leader it will be difficult to determine because the Guinness Book of Records does not record such charity attempts.

Originally from Toulouse, where former Irish rugby international Trevor Brennan lives, Larry has been inIreland for ten years and lives at Abbey Farm with his wife, Blanchardstown native, Philiomena. They are expecting their first baby in November.

The venture is for much needed funds for St Joseph’s Centre in Clonsilla, home to over 120 elderly ladies with varying degrees of intellectual disability, dementia and Alzheimer’s. 

“The cause is the important thing,” said Larry, who will play with 40 to 50 partners during his marathon attempt.

“I will be on the Court for 22 hours and will take four breaks over the 24 hour period,” said the Frenchman.

The funds raised from this novel event will go directly towards a re-housing building project for the ladies of St Joseph’s.

The ladies will then live in purpose built bungalows with individual rooms in a community setting within the grounds of St Joseph’s.

 Larry is currently a volunteer in St Joseph’s Centre and knows some of these ladies well.

As a result he wanted to get involved and help raise funds for this building project.

As part of the tennis event , a Family Fun day is being organized on 8 July along with a barbecue. There will be free tennis coaching for beginners, Bouncy Castle, face painters, great raffle prizes and a car wash.

 Volunteer co-coordinator of the event, Rhoda Judge, said it is a public event. “Bring your family and friends to the Celbridge Tennis Club on the 8 July and  support Larry and St Joseph’s Centre.

The barbecue food will be specially supplied from Conway’s Butchers, Main Street, Celbridge.

Ms. Judge, said they were very grateful to Conway’s who were supplying meat at a fantastic price to help the cause.

She said that all donations are welcome on the day.