Connacht and Buccaneers Rugby star, Darragh Murray, made his first home start for the Connacht senior team in the win against South African side Cell C Sharks in the BKT United Rugby Championship at Galway Sportsground on Saturday last.
The young Buccaneers player made his senior competitive debut away to Brive in the Challenge Cup recently and then teamed up in the second row with older brother Niall against Leinster at the RDS.
To mark his first home start, the South Roscommon native had his mullet shaved after the game by Roscommon hairdresser Siobhain Lyons (Curl Up & Dye), ably assisted by Darragh’s mum Bernie, dad Aidan and brother Niall. The now famous locks were donated to the Little Princess Trust while GoFundMe pages are open for donations to his two preferred charities, the LauraLynn Foundation and Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation. Darragh’s aunt Maureen Kellehan (sister of his mother Bernie) passed away due to cancer last September, hence his choice of charities.
The 21-year-old’s noble gesture is certainly worthy of widespread support and donations can be made to the nominated charities on GoFundMe by searching ‘Cancer Care by Darragh Murray’ and ‘Darragh Murray’s Hair Donation’.
At the time of writing, €12,000 has been donated to the LauraLynn Foundation with a further €5,000 donated to the Roscommon/Mayo hospice. Donations can be made until the end of March so your generosity is urged for these most worthwhile charities.