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Ronan’s home in time for Christmas

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GOING HOME: Ronan Foley pictured with medical staff as he prepares to leave Crumlin Children's Hospital to return home in time for Christmas.

By Michelle Crean

It was the best present the Foley family could have ever wished for - having Ronan home in time for Christmas. The 15-year-old, who underwent hours of spinal surgery weeks ago to correct a 130 degree curve in his spine which he had waited almost two years for - finally got his wish to be at home with his family by Christmas.

His father Tony this week told the Killarney Advertiser that "it's like a weight has been lifted" off of the family.

"Each day he's getting better and better," Tony said. "It's like a fog has lifted for us. His weight is up to what it was before and he's singing again. He's back to his old self and we couldn't have asked for more."

Ronan underwent the operation three weeks ago, but is recovering faster than the family ever expected.
"He's is a bit sore but he's doing really well. He's now sitting up straight for up to two hours a day."

Tony explained that Ronan now has a 25 to 30 degree curve in his spine following the procedure.

"It's undetectable. It was 130 degrees when he got the surgery done - we only found this out the day after his operation."

It's now hoped, depending on restrictions in place and Ronan's progress that he can go back to St Francis Special School in the New Year.

"It's all COVID dependent. He'll have six weeks recovery by then and he has an appointment to review everything in Crumlin in January," Tony said.

And he added that he'd like to thank everyone who helped them publicise their campaign for 'Ronan's Op Now'.

"There's too many to thank individually but we couldn't have done it without everyone's support. Also, a huge thanks to Pat Kiely, Ronan's surgeon, and all his team in Crumlin."

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Dan Tim to drive sheep over London bridge

London-based South Kerry man, Dan Tim O’Sullivan, will exercise his rights as a Freeman of the city by herding sheep over a London bridge on Sunday. Mr O’Sullivan from Kells, was awarded the Freedom of the City of London in 2019, in recognition for his work in the construction industry. He employs over one thousand […]

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London-based South Kerry man, Dan Tim O’Sullivan, will exercise his rights as a Freeman of the city by herding sheep over a London bridge on Sunday.

Mr O’Sullivan from Kells, was awarded the Freedom of the City of London in 2019, in recognition for his work in the construction industry.

He employs over one thousand people through his labour hire firm ‘Danny Sullivan and Sons’, and has employed countless Kerry people, many of them from his native South Kerry, since its foundation in the mid-1980s.

The Freedom of the City of London allows the bearer to herd one hundred sheep over the landmark Tower Bridge.

However, logistical issues and traffic management plans mean the number of sheep has been reduced to less than 10 and the event will now take place over nearby Southwark Bridge.

London-based news channels, including the BBC, are expected to cover the event while hundreds of his family and friends from South Kerry will be in London to witness the unique event.

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BIG CELEBRATION

Well-known Killarney man, Donncha Crowley, who lives in Woodlawn Park, was joined by his friends and staff from Centra, Muckross Road, to help him celebrate his very special 50th birthday on Saturday. Donncha is a keen cyclist, and well-known for his mastership of Suduko, and expertise on puzzles and general knowledge quizzes, winning many competitions […]

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Well-known Killarney man, Donncha Crowley, who lives in Woodlawn Park, was joined by his friends and staff from Centra, Muckross Road, to help him celebrate his very special 50th birthday on Saturday. Donncha is a keen cyclist, and well-known for his mastership of Suduko, and expertise on puzzles and general knowledge quizzes, winning many competitions down through the years. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

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