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    Chanthaburi: Reamonn Gormley remembered

    Reamonn Gormley - I'll dig out some earlier articles on this young man, whose tragic death in Scotland has resulted in a lasting legacy for some children in Chanthaburi

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    Blantyre Soccer Academy raise money for Thai school in memory of Reamonn Gormley
    Nov 23, 2014


    The Good Child Foundation are building a school in the Chanthaburi province of Thailand.

    Fundraising efforts in memory of slain Blantyre teenager Reamonn Gormley have been praised in the Scottish Parliament.

    Blantyre Soccer Academy have held three annual football festivals at Hamilton Palace Sports Ground and the event this summer attracted over 1500 kids. The money raised from the event is helping to build an extension to a school in Thailand.

    Reamonn, who was killed during an attempted robbery in his home town in February 2011, spent a gap year helping the Good Child Foundation.

    Now Blantyre MSP James Kelly has congratulated the town’s soccer academy on the work they do in a Scottish Parliament motion.

    He said: “Blantyre Soccer Academy are making a real, positive difference in communities but I did not anticipate they would be helping build schools in South-East Asia as well as well football teams in South Lanarkshire.

    “The death of Reamonn Gormley was a senseless tragedy which shocked people in Blantyre and across Scotland.

    “He was clearly a special young man and his legacy sees thousands of children active in Scotland and schools being built in Thailand. That is something his family can be immensely proud of.”

    This summer’s Reamonn Gormley Memorial Soccer Festival is helping the school in Chanthaburi province build a new art class.

    Jimmy Whelan of Blantyre Soccer Academy said: “Everyone at the academy feels totally humbled and proud that this art room shall be called The Blantyre Soccer Academy Art Room, with our crest proudly displayed on the wall.

    “Blantyre Soccer Academy’s involvement with the foundation came after the tragic death of Reamonn Gormley in 2011. We decided the community should give something back to the charity which was so close to Reamonn’s heart.

    “We are now planning our fourth year of this event, which will see over 2000 children and young adults taking part.”


    Reamonn Gormley of Blantyre
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    from November 2013:


    JAMES and Ann Gormley were guests of honour at the unveiling of the Reamonn Gormley Memorial Hall in Chanthaburi Province.

    Reamonn Gormley's family visit Thailand to see memorial hall opened in murdered teenager's honour
    15 Nov 2013 07:51

    THE parents of murdered teen Reamonn Gormley have visited Thailand to see a memorial hall opened in his honour.

    James and Ann Gormley met a group of children dubbed the Thai Tims by football fans for the emotional event.

    Reamonn had taught the youngsters to speak English by using Celtic football songs.

    Big-hearted sports science student Reamonn also worked with Down’s syndrome kids and raised funds for charity before his life was tragically cut short, aged 19.

    He was murdered on his way home from watching a Celtic game on TV in his home town of Blantyre, Lanarkshire, in February 2011.

    After Reamonn’s death, the Thai Tims decided to name a school pavilion after him.

    James and Ann were guests of honour at the unveiling of the Reamonn Gormley Memorial Hall in Chanthaburi Province.

    The hall was the idea of expat Paul Lennon, who had talked with pal Reamonn about a Celtic-themed hall.

    It was built using cash donated by fans after Reamonn’s death, as well as proceeds from the Thai Tims’ version of I Just Can’t Get Enough, which was released on iTunes in 2011.

    Thugs Daryn Maxwell, 25, and Barry Smith, 21, were handed life sentences after being found guilty of attacking Reamonn during a bungled robbery.

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    April 2012 - the kids go to Scotland:




    'Thai Tims' taught by murdered Reamonn Gormley stay at Celtic Park on visit to Scotland
    26 April 2012

    THAI children taught by a Celtic fan who was stabbed to death in a robbery are staying at Parkhead during a visit to Scotland.

    And teenage student Reamonn Gormley’s former pupils, known as the “Thai Tims”, will sing in Celtic Park at the home game against St Johnstone next Thursday.

    The kids and their teachers have been put up in the stadium’s hospitality area.

    Reamonn, 19, of Blantyre, Lanarkshire, had gone to Thailand during a gap year from university.

    He worked for the Good Child Foundation, teaching the kids English by singing Celtic songs to them.

    He was killed in his home town in February last year. Daryn Maxwell, 23, was jailed for life for his murder and Barry Smith, 19, for eight years and three months for culpable homicide.

    Reamonn’s friends led a 2000-strong parade through Blantyre in his honour. It ended with everyone singing You’ll Never Walk Alone.

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    February 2013

    Thai Tims honour Reamonn Gormley by naming school hall for murdered teen
    1 Feb 2013 00:01

    THE children, who Reamonn taught English with Celtic songs while volunteering, are erecting a green and white memorial to the tragic teen.



    A GROUP of kids known as the Thai Tims have honoured a tragic young man who taught them by naming a new school pavilion in his honour.

    Volunteer Reamonn Gormley helped the youngsters learn English with the help of Celtic football songs.

    Now, the hall named after Hoops fan Reamonn – who was murdered in his home town of Blantyre in February 2011, aged just 19 – is taking shape.


    Raemonn Gormley in Thailand

    And the theme is clear – the walls are painted green and white and a large Celtic crest will take pride of place in the block in Chanthaburi Province. The hall was the idea of expat Paul Lennon, who once spoke with pal Reamonn about a Celtic-themed hall.

    He said: “After Reamonn’s murder, the Celtic family donated funds for us to build the Reamonn Gormley Hall.”

    This included money from the Thai Tims’ version of I just Can’t Get Enough, which was released on iTunes in 2011.



    Reamonn’s parents James, 54, and Ann visited the school in November. James said: “It is clear Reamonn made a big impression. We are happy the kids will get great benefits from the hall, as well as it being in memory of Reamonn.”

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    lots of Youube videos inspired by/related to Reamonn Gormley





    A song for Reamonn [1st anniversary]

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    9 min Thai TV feature on the Thai Tims (April 2012)
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    Standing ovation for the Thai Tims at Celtic Park 13 May 2013


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    What a great legacy... and what a tragic waste of life. Have you seen the killers? What a pair they look.... at least something nice is left behind.
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    Reamonn at the Catholic church in Chanthaburi, Thailand.

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    and another news article here

    June 27, 2013
    Reamonn Gormley and the Tale of the Thai Tims

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    There is some footage on youtube of a memorial service that they had for him after his funeral at the school. I am not sure if I posted it on here or PI, but will see if I can find it later during the week. The guy had a really big effect on the kids and staff at the school in the time he was there.

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    How much more could he have achieved if he was still here...Heart warming and sad....Stating obvious any way very big like.
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    Thanks for the story Hatari

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    Thai Tims from Chanthaburi in news again



    Thai Tims song backs Ireland for Euro 2016 glory

    May 27, 2016

    IRELAND have been given a boost ahead of their Euro 2016 campaign by the Thai Tims.

    The group, comprising students from the Good Child Foundation in Thailand, are famous for their songs about Scottish team Celtic.

    However they’ll be backing Martin O’Neill’s men in France and are convinced he and “the man from Cork City”, Roy Keane, will have Sweden, Belgium and Italy running scared.

    The Good Child Foundation promotes inclusive education and offers placements to children of all ages and abilities, including children with Downs Syndrome, at their school in Thailand’s Chanthaburi province.

    Celtic fan Paul Lennon, who lives in Thailand and has a Downs Syndrome son, volunteers with the organisation and uses Celtic and Irish songs to help teach the children English.

    Recordings of their songs came to prominence following the tragic 2011 murder of Reamonn Gormley, who previously volunteered with the Good Child Foundation and was filmed singing Celtic songs with the students.

    The videos became an online hit and helped raise awareness of the organisation and forge a bond between it and the Glasgow club.

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    Thai Tims strike right note with ‘You’ll never beat the Irish’

    Video approaching 200,000 Facebook views – with group no stranger to popular success

    A group of Thai schoolchildren have gone viral with their song of support for the Republic of Ireland team ahead of Euro 2016.
    The video, which features the Thai Tims singing their own version of ‘You’ll never beat the Irish’, has just short of 200,000 views on Facebook.

    They hail from a rural school in the Chanthaburi province of Thailand which offers educational services for down syndrome students, and their viral videos on Facebook and YouTube help to raise funds for the Good Child Foundation behind the school.

    The children are taught songs by second generation Irish man Paul Lennon, who is a firm fan of the Scottish club.
    Lennon has previously said that learning the songs functions as a way to help improve the students’ level of English.

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    This is from June last year, great that Reamonn Gormley's Scottish club continue to support the local Chanthaburi Good Child Foundation in his memory

    Annual Reamonn Gormley Memorial Soccer Festival is once again a huge success
    Blantyre Soccer Academy host their fifth tournament in memory of the tragic teen

    The fifth annual Reamonn Gormley Memorial Soccer Festival has been hailed as a huge success. Organised by Blantyre Soccer Academy, the three-day event raised more than £8000 for charity over the weekend of June 3 to 5.



    Academy chairman Jimmy Whelan said: “The Academy are delighted with the phenomenal amount of money raised this year and over the past five years and with the wonderful partnership they have forged with the Good Child Foundation [Chanthaburi, Thailand] – a school supporting children with Down’s Syndrome through peer support and social inclusion, eliminating the barriers and stigma attached to disability.

    "We have run the Reamonn Gormley Memorial Soccer Festival every year since Reamonn’s death, and it raises a large sum of money, but in addition to this we now also organise the annual Reamonn Gormley Memorial Sportsman’s Dinner which raises additional monies for the Good Child Foundation and indeed has allowed us to make further donations to support local people and charities.”

    Reamonn was just 19 when he was murdered in an attempted street robbery whilst walking home from the Parkville Hotel, in Blantyre, on February 1, 2011.

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