Belfast Telegraph

Cmac Gloves aims to give a helping hand to cancer charity

By Clare Weir

A County Tyrone sportswear supplier has teamed up with a cancer charity to launch a new fundraising sports glove.

Cmac Gloves based in Coalisland has partnered with Friends of the Cancer Centre to produce a special edition set of GAA gloves to help raise vital funds for the charity.

All proceeds from the black and yellow gloves, which match Friends of the Cancer Centre's official colours, will help them fund life-changing and life-saving projects which directly benefit cancer patients and their families across Northern Ireland.

Ryan O'Neill, the man behind Cmac Gloves, has a very close association with Friends of the Cancer Centre after sadly losing his mother to the disease in 2012.

He later established Cmac gloves in her memory and used her maiden name, Celine McAliskey, as the inspiration for the company's name.

"My mum was diagnosed with liver cancer in April 2012 and sadly we lost her just over a year-and-a-half ago in November 2012," he said.

"After being diagnosed, she underwent treatment at the Cancer Centre at Belfast City Hospital and the care and support she received at the hospital was absolutely immense." He added: "I want to try to give something back by supporting a charity that I know plays such a vital role in supporting thousands of other local people affected by cancer.

"Mum was a huge GAA fan and she has also been the main motivation behind setting up Cmac Gloves and I know she would have wanted me to use something I love to try to help others."

Ryan set up Cmac Gloves in 2013.

In the last year, his gloves have become firm favourites with many top names, including Paul Flynn, Connor McAliskey, Patrick McBrearty, Aaron Kernan, Jamie Clarke, Cian Mackey, Owen Mulligan and many more.

The gloves cost £15 per pair and are available directly from the Cmac Gloves website and a number of other retailers.

Belfast Telegraph