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Micheál Ó Mulláin, Partner O’Flynn Exhams LLP Solicitors; Mark Whitaker, Chief Executive Officer at Johnson and Perrott Motor Group; Jimmy who is supported by Cope Foundation; Sean Abbott, Chief Executive Cope Foundation and Ailbhe who is supported by Cope Foundation at the launch of the annual Cope Foundation Golf Classic, sponsored by O’Flynn Exhams LLP Solicitors, at Lee Valley Golf and Country Club. Pic: Darragh Kane

Annual event aims to shine a spotlight on inclusion and raise much-needed funds

A limited number of tee times remain available for Cope Foundation’s Golf Classic fundraiser at Lee Valley Golf and Country Club. The annual event returns for the 26th year on the 9th and 10th of June. 

Two teams of people supported by Cope Foundation will be taking part in the tournament. The Irish Blind Golf society will also be attending.

The tournament is sponsored by O’Flynn Exhams LLP Solicitors and raises much-needed funds for the organisation which supports 2,800 people with an intellectual disability and/or autism to live ‘your life, your way’. Last year’s event was held at Monkstown Golf Club and raised over €59,000, which brings to €1.7 million the total raised since 1997. 

Cope Foundation Chief Executive, Sean Abbott says: “The Golf Classic is a wonderful fundraiser and wouldn’t be possible without our sponsors, corporate supporters and donors. All funds raised will go towards projects and programmes that empower and support people with intellectual disabilities and/or autism across Cork city and county. Golf is an inclusive sport and there is no reason why it shouldn’t be enjoyed by everyone. We are so proud to have people we support competing once again, and this year they will be joined on the course by leading Irish golfers who are visually impaired. Sport is a great leveller and we want to continue the conversation around rights and equalities for people with an intellectual disability and/or autism.”

Micheál Ó Mulláin, Partner at O’Flynn Exhams LLP, Solicitors says: “Once again, there is great support from the business community in Cork and only a handful of tee times remain available. It is always a great day out and we would encourage teams interested in taking part to register as soon as possible for this very worthy cause. We remain delighted to be part of Cope Foundation’s annual Golf Classic fundraiser since it began 26 years ago.” 

Golfers are in with a chance of winning a 100% Electric Peugeot e2008 SUV in the Hole in One Competition, kindly sponsored by Johnson & Perrott Motor Group. There will also be a ‘Nearest The Pin’ Competition sponsored by Carbery Group, a ‘Longest Drive’ Competition sponsored by First South Credit Union Ltd., and goodie bags sponsored by Lidl.

Teams of four people are invited to book a place at the Cope Foundation Golf Classic online at or get in touch with Cope Foundation’s Communications and Fundraising Team on 086 7912540 or email

The registration cost for a team of four is €1,000 and includes green fees, refreshments, a three-course meal, goodie bags and competition entry.

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