All proceeds go to Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind & Emo GAA Club

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind is Ireland’s national charity dedicated to helping persons who are blind or vision impaired and families of children with autism to achieve improved mobility and independence.

Guide Dog Owner getting off the LuasOur Vision

A future where persons who are blind, vision impaired and disabled achieve independence and dignity through our world-class dog and ancillary services.

Our Mission

To provide the highest quality of services in partnership with our clients while planning for the future and valuing clients, volunteers and each other.


Our Funding

We receive over 80% of our income through voluntary donations and fundraising through a network of volunteers across the country.  It will cost over €4 million to run our organisation this year.

Our Headquarters

Our National Headquarters and Training Centre is located on the Model Farm Road two miles outside Cork City. All our training programmes are run at this location. Some of our courses last up to three weeks with clients staying at the Centre for the duration of their training. Full aftercare is provided for all clients in their home and community.



Emo GAA club

Emo GAA Club was founded in the 1950’s. Famous players past and present include Gabriel Lawlor, Mick Lawlor, Darren Strong and Billy Sheehan. Their club colours are white with a red hoop.

Emo won their only Laois Senior Football Championship title in 1972 when Paddy Lawlor captained his team to victory over Graiguecullen. They also won the Laois Junior Football Championship in 1962, the Laois Intermediate Football Championship in 1964 and 2012, the Laois Minor Football Championship in 1964 and 1965 and the Laois Under 21 Football Championship in 1966 and 1967.

Players from the other club in the parish, Courtwood, played on the minor and Under 21 winning teams and the two clubs also combined to win the Under 21 title again in 1989 and 1990 as Courtwood/Emo.

The juvenile club, known as St Paul’s, is a combination of the two local clubs, Emo and Courtwood. The u14 team won the county Feile in 2013 and went on to win the county championship. The club has had many successes at other levels as well.

Emo/Courtwood returned to the county roll of honour in 2008 winning the Laois Minor ‘B’ Football Championship, having lost out in the 2007 final of the same competition. Emo won the Laois Intermediate Football crown in 2012 and played in the Leinster Intermediate tournament but were defeated by O’Connell’s in O’Moore Park.

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