In 2021 Bill Byrne, from Kilmessan in Co. Meath, was diagnosed with Lyme Disease. This is a debilitating chronic disease and the symptoms include chronic fatigue, and it explained why Bill had been unwell on an ongoing basis for a number of years prior to the confirmed diagnosis.
Bill is married with six children, three of whom are still in school, and he has not been able to work for the last four years. This has obviously put significant financial strain on Bill and his family.
Some of Bill's friends - including Meath GAA legend David "Jinxy" Beggy, and Kilberry natives Colm and Breen Lynch who run London pubs the Whitehart and Hop Pole - are arranging a major fundraising event in Simonstown GFC, Navan, which will take place on November 11th 2023.
That event will include panel and individual discussions with Meath footballers from different decades, and there will be special guests, music and other entertainment, and plenty of opportunities to .
This GoFundMe page will facilitate donations from people who cannot attend the Simonstown GFC event - or maybe you could support both!
All funds received through this GoFundMe will be administered by three trustees to ensure good governance and accountability.
Further information about Lyme Disease can be obtained from support group Tick Talk Ireland at https://www.ticktalkireland.org, and they also have a FaceBook page at https://www.facebook.com/ticktalkireland