Life is a lot easier when you play badly and then all of a sudden you get in contention and win one. No one gets on your back. When you finish runner-up seven times, everyone is asking, 'Why aren't you winning?' It's much more fun when you jump into a win out of the blue. It's a much tougher game when you play consistently well.

Off the Course

Entry Date:
Mar 27, 2012

IdentityX, Clune Construction and have seized the unique three-week branding opportunity offered by Padraig Harrington to raise funds through the Padraig Harrington Charitable Foundation for Gerard Byrne who was recently paralysed from the waist down in a car accident.

Padraig, a three-time Major winner, had the innovative idea of offering branding space on his headwear and clothing for three forthcoming US events - the Shell Houston Open, The Masters and the RBC Heritage - to companies willing to donate money to Gerard’s plight. With the full support of his current sponsors in aid of this worthy cause, IdentityX will adorn his headwear and clothing with Clune Construction and taking positions on his clothing for these three high profile weeks on the golf calendar, the latter also agreeing to contribute a percentage of their website sales to the Foundation.*

Padraig said, “I am very grateful to IdentityX, Clune Construction and who have pledged over $200,000 to this worthy cause and I hope I will repay their support with some good results over the next three weeks while wearing their branding. I am also very grateful to my current sponsors for allowing me to do this. I know this assistance will help Gerard and his family who have shown such courage during this difficult time.”

Gerard, a cousin of his wife Caroline, was seriously injured in a car accident shortly before Christmas and is now paralysed from the waist down. Gerard will need long term financial assistance to adapt to his disability and take care of his wife and three young children.

About IdentityX
Establishing online trust is extremely important because the Internet has become indispensable for billions of people across the world. Using Daon’s authentication software, IdentityX is able to combine any identity attributes; something you have (smart phone or tablet), something you know (a PIN), something you are (biometrics) and your location (GPS) to match the level of assurance necessary to establish on-line trust. Biometrics includes any factors that are “uniquely you” such as your voice, face or palm. Based on trust that spans the globe, Daon has been selected to manager over 700 million identities around the world. For more information please visit

About Clune Construction Company
Clune Construction Company is a U.S. company that is a national leader in construction with full-service offices in four major U.S. cities, plus satellite offices in most regions. Formed in 1979 by Irish-born Mike Clune, it has grown today to $370 million in annual sales. It is one of the largest interior construction companies in the Midwest with a major presence in other regions as well. Clune is known for exceptional customer service and for delivering projects on time and on budget. For more information please visit

Blarney Woollen Mills is today the largest Irish gift store in the world, merchandising a vast range of Irish gifts including Aran Sweaters, Waterford Crystal, Belleek Fine China, Celtic Jewellery and much more. Why not shop in Ireland from the comfort of your own home with Blarney Woollen Mills.

* will contribute an additional donation of 5% of net website sales (excluding clothing related items) during the three week period to the Charitable Foundation to benefit Gerard. For more information please visit