A champion of good causes hopes to turn a novel idea about Kilkenny’s great All-Ireland successes of the past 15 years into a money maker for sick children.
Denis ‘Rackard’ Cody, who for the past 36 years has been the kit man with the Kilkenny senior team, has chosen Our Lady’s hospital, Crumlin as the beneficiary of the upcoming fundraiser.
“The Kilkenny hurlers have made so many visits to Crumlin with the MacCarthy Cup after All-Ireland wins it was the obvious choice,” Denis explained. “Seeing the sick children there would break your heart, so this is a little something that might help in some way.”
Denis has a CD entitled ‘Rackard is the Man’ set for launch, and it will be doubled up with a DVD with original behind the scenes footage from the All-Ireland wins and the visits to Crumlin hospital by the Kilkenny players and management.
The CD is being promoted on radio up and down the country, and the official launch will be in Langton’s Hotel, Kilkenny on December 8.
The song, written by fellow Graignamanagh man Sean Hoare, who was a member of the famous Barrow Boys band years ago, has been given a rousing rendition by the Celtic Cats featuring Danny and Bob Grace, who are also from Graignamanagh.
Mr Hoare, who is brother of retired Graignamanagh post man, Billy Hoare, wrote the song about his fellow Barrowsider three months before his death, and now Mr Cody wants to make it work for a good cause.
The song concentrates on Kilkenny’s nine All-Ireland wins during the reign of manager, Brian Cody, who gets honourable mention, along with Henry Shefflin and the other stars.
“It is something different, and I think we can turn it into a positive for Crumlin hospital,” Denis said.
He has set a target of 10,000 euro, based on sales of over 1,000 copies of the double offering, which could yet be added to by a small book of pictures of the Kilkenny players visits to Crumlin.
To help meet the target, Denis is looking for 12 sponsors to contribute 200 euro to the kitty, which would pay for production costs and would mean the venture would turn a profit from the day of launch, December 8.
“The 10,000 euro target can be met,” Denis insisted. “I know Kilkenny people will play their part, and the initial soundings I have taken with other counties would suggest there will be good support there too.”
Leading officials from Crumlin hospital and Kilkenny GAA will attend the launch, which is open to all, again the date being December 8 (3pm).