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Poker fundraiser in memory of A1 crash victims

Friends and family of three young men tragically killed a year ago are coming together in an effort to raise funds for the Head Injury Support charity.

Peter Hughes, Conall Havern and Gavin Sloan lost their lives in a car accident on the way to Belfast last summer, devastating the Dromintee, Saval and Atticall communities.

Since then, thousands have been raised for the charity, and organisers are hoping to add significantly to that tally when a Texas Hold ‘Em poker night is held at the Dromintee clubrooms this Saturday, August 27.

Alan Rigney, a close friend of all three boys and one of the chief organisers, explained where the idea came from.

“Peter was my best friend and I grew very close to both Conall and Gavin through our year spent together in halls in Elm’s at Queen’s,” said Alan.

“Peter had taught Conall how to play and he picked it up very quickly and soon was winning plenty of times.

“We would play in club events too and we also joined the Queen’s Poker Society and would meet to play every Monday.

“As we were all such fanatics, it seemed fitting to mark their anniversary with a huge poker game in their name.

“It was a huge loss for myself, all the families, the Holly 3 group and the community as a whole.

“The work we’ve done and continue to do helps a local charity Head Injury Support who really do fantastic work. They’ve been great supporters and help us in our events as much as they can.”

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.

There is a huge £2,000 prize fund up for grabs with entry priced at £20. The event will start at 7.30pm.