More than €375,000 raised so far for Ian O’Connell
BY MICHELLE CREAN
Killarney teenager Ian O’Connell – who has been left incapacitated from the neck down following a cycling accident last year – this week thanked the public for helping raise a whopping €375,000.
This week Ian (17), who will shortly be moving to a new specially adapted home in Killarney with his family, said that he still has bad days but is overwhelmed with the massive support he has received since his accident, on August 16, 2017.
“It’s hard to find words to express how grateful and thankful I am for everyone’s support and fundraising,” Ian, who is back to school as a fifth year in St Brendan’s College, told the Killarney Advertiser.
“It’s honestly mind blowing to see the generosity from people when something crazy and unexpected like this happens to somebody. I couldn’t be so positive without the support and kind messages I receive on a day to day basis.”
This week, a fundraising committee, formed in Spa in September 2017 to assist the teen, also thanked the people and numerous organisations for their generosity.
“The overall success of this venture has been extraordinary. Our committee are overwhelmed by the response,” committee Chairman James Gleeson, of Spa GAA club, said.
“With his positivity of outlook and his keen intellect, we feel there are very few limits to what Ian can achieve in the academic world.”
The fundraising started in October 2017 with a special Lotto for Ian, in the Torc Hotel, Killarney, and it proved to be a major success.
Subsequently, there were many other fundraising events, as well as inclusion as a nominated charity in the 2018 Ring of Kerry Cycle. There was the marvellous contribution of the management and staff of Killarney Park Hotel and of Denis Geaney, who organised Team Geaney for the cycle.
The All-Ireland GAA Golf Challenge, in Nuremore, Co Monaghan, had Ian as the beneficiary, from which he got a car specially adapted to his needs. Waterford man Liam Daniels and MEP Sean Kelly played key roles in this.
“It is a testament to the inspiration provided by Ian himself and his parents, Nora and Mick, and their extended families; to the wonderful generosity of so many groups and clubs (GAA and others), community enterprises, societies, charitable organisations, schools and, of course, the many individuals who contributed so generously,’’ said the Spa Fundraising Committee in a statement.
“At the moment, more than €375,000 has been raised in this phase of fundraising. As all our expenses have been covered by generous sponsorship, all money raised has been lodged in a Trust Fund for Ian.
“This fund is administered by three trustees, namely Deirdre O’Sullivan Darcy, Ivor Flynn and Tadhg Hickey. We are indeed fortunate to have people of their calibre willing to carry out this function.
“Our committee will take a break from active fundraising for now, but we will monitor Ian’s progress in the future and be available to assist in any way. The Trust Fund account is of course still open and the trustees will be available to assist with any queries. Finally, can we again express our deep gratitude to everyone who helped make this campaign the success it was.’’
Get on your bike from The Rose Hotel!
There’s an energetic way to explore Tralee and its surrounds this summer as a new bike rental company has teamed up with The Rose Hotel. Tralee Bike Rental have opened a new bike kiosk located at the hotel where visitors and locals can now hire a bike. “This is a fantastic service for our […]
There’s an energetic way to explore Tralee and its surrounds this summer as a new bike rental company has teamed up with The Rose Hotel.
Tralee Bike Rental have opened a new bike kiosk located at the hotel where visitors and locals can now hire a bike.
“This is a fantastic service for our customers and we are thrilled to be part of this new collaboration with Tralee Bike Rental. We wish Maurice and his team the very best of luck, and I know all our guests and visitors to Tralee are going to really enjoy this new service exploring Tralee and its surrounds,” Mark Sullivan, General Manager, The Rose Hotel, said.
Tralee Bike Rental have a fleet of comfortable, top quality Hybrid Bikes – ideal for a leisurely cycle, and power assisted eBikes. For families, child seats or trailer for the little legs that can’t cycle yet can be provided!
“We are thrilled to have our new business, Tralee Bike Rental, located on the grounds of The Rose Hotel,” Maurice Whelan, Tralee Bike Rental, said.
“With so many visitors coming to Tralee, we feel this will be a fantastic service and partnership. Included in the bike rental is access to a self-guided tour via our App, which has preloaded moderate and more energetic cycling tours of Tralee.”
The Rose Hotel have a new package, Tralee Activity Break, with bike hire included. You can book this package online at www.therosehotel.com or call 066 7199100.
To contact Tralee Bike Rental, visit www.traleebikerental.ie or call 085 2605817.
Currow kids go toddling to raise vital funds
70 toddlers from Currow Play School have become Ireland’s littlest fundraisers as they stepped out to raise vital funds for vulnerable children. They took part in the Barnardos Big Toddle which this year has the theme of ’Community Helpers’. Barnardos currently works with just under 18,000 children and families across Ireland and the funds raised will support Barnardos Early Years […]
70 toddlers from Currow Play School have become Ireland’s littlest fundraisers as they stepped out to raise vital funds for vulnerable children.
They took part in the Barnardos Big Toddle which this year has the theme of ’Community Helpers’.
Barnardos currently works with just under 18,000 children and families across Ireland and the funds raised will support Barnardos Early Years services.
“This year, Currow Play School turns 25 and we have been taking part in Barnardos Big Toddle since 2006, which is 18 years of toddling in aid of vulnerable children,” Catherine Fleming form Currow Play School said.
“Our toddle is a highlight for the children and the team every year. It’s fantastic to get the little ones involved in something so worthwhile at a young age, it’s always a great day of fun. Barnardos provides a huge number of services in communities across Ireland, but these can only continue with help from the public. The toddle runs throughout June so I would implore anyone with toddlers or wobblers at home to sign up for Barnardos Big Toddle supported by Pipin Pear today.”
Anyone wishing to take part can register today at www.barnardos.ie/bigtoddle.
Facials are also suitable for men
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We work with the CACI Synergy system, a medical grade machine which provides you with treatments for acne scarring, dehydrated skin, fine lines and wrinkles, and loose sagging skin. Along with offering the full facial we specialise in the eye revive which is great during these times as the eyes are highlighted.
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