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Bereaved Co Armagh dad organises basketball tournament in memory of baby daughter

Paul and Lindsey Mckenna with their children, Ollie, Alfie, Maisie and Darcy

A bereaved Co Armagh father has organised a remarkable fundraising basketball tournament in memory of his beloved daughter this weekend.

Paul McKenna, from Derrymacash, is running a basketball tournament at the South Lake Leisure Centre on Sunday in memory of his baby daughter, Darcy, who passed away in August 2022.

The event is not only a tribute to Darcy but also serves as a fundraiser for the Little Forget Me Nots Trust, a Lurgan-based charity dedicated to supporting families who have tragically experienced the loss of a child under 12 years of age across Northern Ireland.

Up to 16 teams will be participating in the tournament, with the prestigious Darcy McKenna Shield and Darcy McKenna Cup awarded to the victors. Local businesses have generously donated prizes for raffles throughout the day.

In a heartwarming gesture, various businesses located in the South Lake Health and Well-being suite will offer mini treatments to individuals affected by child loss. These can be booked into via

The day’s activities will conclude with a poignant candlelit vigil at 7 pm outside the leisure centre as part of the global Wave of Light initiative, which commemorates little ones who were taken too soon.

A wall of remembrance will display the names of children who have passed away, creating a powerful and moving tribute. Attendees will be gathering from 6.15pm. Candles can be purchased on the evening.

Paul McKenna with his baby daughter, Darcy

Paul McKenna with his baby daughter, Darcy

The event will be graced by the presence of Deputy Lord Mayor, Sorcha McGeown and Councillor Julie Flaherty, who recently received a British Empire Medal (BEM) for her tireless efforts in bringing the Child Funeral Fund to Northern Ireland.

This event offers a unique opportunity to shed light on the importance of supporting families dealing with unimaginable loss while also celebrating the memory of Darcy McKenna and countless other little ones.

Here are some key details about the event:

Date: Sunday, October 15.
Location: South Lakes Leisure Centre, Craigavon
Time: 2.30pm-7.30pm

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