Fight Against Cancer with Pocket Aces at the Aviva


Image provided by Pocket Aces Facebook page

For the second year running, Pocket Aces at the Aviva is a fun and exciting way to support a worthy cause by raising money for CanTeen Ireland, a support group for young people with cancer.

The event is a casino night where attendants can play the likes of blackjack and roulette, and is a commemoration of Conor Walsh and Stephen James O’Gorman, two friends of CanTeen Ireland who lost their respective battles with cancer.

Last year’s event was a huge success, with the money raised covering a third of CanTeen Ireland’s budget for the entire year. It has been promised that this year it will be even bigger and better, with a larger venue and better prizes, as well as plenty of surprises in store and hopefully even more money raised.

This is all made possible by the contributions of the public, and CanTeen Ireland have stated that they will be grateful for any support they get whether it be through purchasing tickets, donations, sponsorship, prizegiving or fundraising.

The 2015 event, dubbed “The Conor Walsh Casino Royale”, took place on April 25 and raised a tremendous €35,423. Conor passionately supported CanTeen Ireland through a project he set up, though having to refocus his attention on fighting his recurring bouts of cancer meant that the project did not have the impact he hoped it would. Conor passed away in April 2014, and the night was held to finish what he started and make the project’s goal a reality.

Since then, CanTeen Ireland has lost another close friend in Stephen James O’Gorman, who succumbed to cancer on 24 November 2015. Any who wish to show their support for Stephen and Conor can do so at the following Facebook page, which also acts as a memory bank for the fundraising from this event:

The schedule will be as follows:

20:00 – 21:00 – Drinks Reception & Special Guest
21:00 – 23:00 – Live Casino
23:00 – 01:00 – Live Band
01:00 – 03:00 – Special Guest DJ

Pocket Aces at the Aviva will run from 8pm on Saturday 9 April to 3am on Sunday 10 April. Tickets cost €50 and can be bought at

By Kevin Carney