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Nicky Cleere's life changed forever when he was severely injured in a Hit and Run road accident
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The Nicky Cleere Trust was established in 2011 as a fundraising vehicle to raise funds for Nicky.
Nicky’s life changed forever in November 2009 when he was severely injured in a Hit and Run road accident. He suffered horrific physical injuries along with a significant brain Injury. The role of the trust is to meet Nicky's ongoing needs for rehabilitation and maximising his independence in suitable accomodation near friends and family.
Nicky Cleere is thirty years old and on the 8th November 2009 he was involved in a horrific hit and run accident in Lisbon. As a result Nicky has an acquired brain injury, with significant memory loss, walking and balance issues. Nicky has made great improvements, however he has a long way to go before he can regain full independence.
Nicky grew up in Malahide, attended the Malahide Commuinity School and went on to study Property Economics in DIT Bolton St Dublin. On graduation, Nicky joined Hamilton Osborne King (now Savills) Estate Agents in Dublin, where he worked in various departments. In 2009 passed his APC exams and became a member of the Institute of Chartered Surveyors in Ireland. Nicky is the eldest and has 3 brothers Airy, Kian, and Russell and his parents are Phillip and Yvonne. Nicky is engaged to Shauna Mc Gonigle whom he met while working in Savills
The GAA has been a major part of life in the Cleere household over the past 20 years. Nicky played both football and hurling with St. Sylvester’s in Malahide. He played at all levels within the club and began making appearances on the senior team when he was 17 and became a permanent fixture for over 10 years. Nicky represented Dublin in Football at all underage levels and in 1999 was so proud to be appointed Captain of the Dublin Minor Football team.
Nicky’s brother Airy was also part of the team and they fought a great campaign beating Wexford in the Leinster final replay before eventually losing to Down in yet another replay in the all Ireland Semi Final. Many of today’s great Dublin footballers were part of this 1999 team, including Alan Brogan, Paul Casey, Darren Magee and Stephen Cluxton. Nicky also played with the Dublin under 21s winning a Leinster title.
However, all of that changed on the 8th November 2009. Nicky was in Lisbon with a group of friends when he was hit by a car as he crossed a road to look for a taxi. He is alive today because of the fantastic work done by the Emergency Medical Team, who worked on him roadside for almost and hour and half before moving him to the Xiavier hospital. Nicky was in intensive care and as the days progressed he remained in a coma. During this time, Shauna and Nicky’s family learned the extent of his injuries and after a number of operations, Nicky was eventually air-lifted home to intensive care in Beaumont Hospital. Nicky spent 4 months in Beaumont Hospital and left in a wheelchair with no memory of being there.
In March 2010 Nicky was transferred to The National Rehabilitation Hospital in DunLaoire and he remained there until June 2010. Nicky’s rehabilitation included both physical and cognitive rehab, and when he returned home to Malahide in June, he was able to walk with the aid of a frame, again he has very little memory of being in the NRH for these 3 months. At this point, Nicky had been hospitalised for 8 months and had undergone various operations for his physical injuries, and he was very exhausted. In order to build up his strength, Nicky rested at home during the summer. During this time, with the help of friends, and Nicky’s determination to improve it meant that come September the walking frame was retired and Nicky was walking with the aid of a stick.
Nicky has always had great friends, and it is really when things go wrong that the strength of true friendship can be seen. Nicky’s accident has affected so many people, not just his fiancée Shauna and his family, but his work colleagues & friends who have been so supportive throughout this ordeal. We have shared his journey with so many of them. During this time Nicky’s family and Shauna have received incredible support from so many people, in so many ways, but mostly by simply knowing that people care, and this has been of immense help during the start of this journey, however we must ask for your continued support and help as Nick’s journey progresses.
The Nicky Cleere Trust
Following suggestions from a number of people who wish to help Nicky, it has been decided to set up a trust for Nicky.
The trustees are Aiden O’Hogan, Norman Moorehouse and Airy Cleere.
A fundraising committee has been assembled and a number of events are being considered.
is the exclusive use of your own private 15 seat Corporate suite in Croke Park including tickets, lunch and refreshments.
Draw 1 is for: The All Ireland Hurling Final 2012, 9th of September 2012
Draw 2 is for: The All Ireland Football Final 2012, 23rd of September 2012
Buy your ticket
- Closing date for online and offline ticket sales is the 30th of July 2012.
- The winners will be drawn on Saturday the 18th of August 2012 @ 9pm in St Sylvester’s GAA club, Malahide, Co Dublin
We are looking for ticket sellers to help achieve the aims of the Nicky Cleere Trust. If you would like to get involved please contact
or Mannix Ryan on 01 8771127.
100% of the funds raised will go directly to the Nicky Cleere Trust for the continued rehabilitation of a former Inter-County Minor Football Captain (1999)
This message has been edited - 27-may-2012 @ 15:18
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