A fundraiser for a popular young hurler who sustained traumatic injuries in a pre-Christmas car accident exceeded his goal of 150,000 euros in less than 24 hours.
In early December, Mark Dalton, his twin brother Tom, and three friends were involved in a serious car accident.
Unfortunately, Mark has severe trauma to his spine.
The talented young hurler is a fifth year student at Trinity Community School in Youghal, Co Cork.
Both he and his twin brother were supposed to play for Waterford a few days after the accident in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship against Tipperary in Páirc Uí Rinn in Cork.
Mark was cared for by first responders, paramedics, and staff from Cork University Hospital and the Mater Hospital Spinal Unit.
He will continue his rehabilitation at the National Rehabilitation Center in Dun Laoghaire.
A GoFundMe was set up by Mark’s friends to raise funds to customize the teen’s house and make it more accessible so Mark can get home as soon as possible.
According to the fundraiser, the front door and hallway must be made accessible, an open kitchen and living space must be developed, as well as an accessible bedroom and bathroom for Mark.
Within 24 hours, the fundraiser achieved its goal of € 150,000 and more than € 185,000. It has since exceeded € 220,000 and shows no signs of slowing down.
Mark’s principal, Séamas Ó Ceallacháin, was quoted on the GoFundMe page and talked a lot about the teenager. “There is one or two in every school and ward; you know the kind of young man I’m talking about.
“Without ever trying to get attention, the guy who seamlessly gets the respect of his co-workers and you know is a team player. The guy who never turns out to be the focus of the conversation and yet is very popular with everyone.
“The person you know will always be there for you when you’re in a corner but don’t want to be overwhelming.”
Darragh Duggan, the manager for smaller slingshots at Waterford, also praised Mark and his brother for their athletic talent and good natures.
“Mark is and was a very important member of this year’s County Minor Hurling Panel along with his twin brother Tom.
“Armed with a relaxed but focused stance, Mark became a fine young hurler who excelled in an offensive role.
“Mark’s contribution to the jury was immense and his scorching pace, along with an excellent eye for a score, was sorely missed on our championship outing against Tipperary.”
If you would like to donate to the fund, you can do so here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/mq8pu-mark-dalton-recovery-fund.