Poker fundraiser will remember three much-loved friends

August 1, 2016

A second fundraiser in memory of three young friends who died in an horrific crash in August last year is to be held later this month. The event – a Texas Hold’ Em Poker Night – will be held in Dromintee GAC in memory of 19 year old Dromintee man Peter Hughes, 20 year old Conall Havern from Newry and 20 year old Gavin Sloan from Attical, who died in a collision on the A1 while returning from Belfast on 23rd August last year.

All three were students of Queen’s University and were returning from the city after organising accommodation for the incoming term.

The untimely deaths of the three popular students stunned the entire district and prompted a huge outpouring of tributes to the young men who were remembered for both their academic excellence and their sporting prowess.

Conall and Peter were both Chemical Engineering students at Queen’s and the pair had shone in their chosen field. Gavin, who was studying Law, was described as a model student who spent countless hours studying and reading.

The students also excelled in sport playing for local football clubs over the years.

A New Year memorial football match held in January provided a poignant tribute to the three friends and a special football jersey was also designed for the match, in their honour.

The memorial match featured a south Armagh Select side, from Dromintee and St Paul’s High School in Bessbrook, where Peter had been head boy in 2013/14, and a South Down Select team drawn from Conall’s Saval GAC, and Attical GAC, of which Gavin had been a member.

Proceeds of the match were donated to the Newry-based Head Injury Support group.

Almost a year since Peter, Conall and Gavin lost their lives, family friends and supporters will gather for a second fundraiser to commemorate the popular trio. The Texas Hold’Em night is a particularly fitting tribute as Conall and Peter had both earned a reputation as formidable amateur poker players.

The night will be held on the bank holiday weekend, Saturday 27th August, with players asked to pay a £20 Buy-In for a chance to win £2,000 prize money! The event has been kindly sponsored by Shorts Bureau de Change, Blackrock Leisure and Morgan Fuels with proceeds once again going to Head Injury Support.

The much anticipated poker fundraiser promises to be a fantastic night for a great cause in memory of three young men who are sorely missed by all who knew and loved them.

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Havern, Hughes and Sloan Memorial Match