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Thursday 2 October 2014

Bid to raise €200,000 for mum paralysed by stroke

Published 21/03/2014 | 02:30

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Deirdre O'Reilly was left partially paralysed by a major stroke last Christmas.
Deirdre O'Reilly was left partially paralysed by a major stroke last Christmas.

A journalist and mother of two was left paralysed after a massive stroke last Christmas.

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A major campaign has now been launched to raise €200,000 for Deirdre O'Reilly (43,) so her Cork home can be specially adapted to her needs.

Deirdre, an award-winning journalist with the 'Evening Echo' in Cork, suffered a stroke on December 22 that left her paralysed on her right side.

She also has speech difficulties and has been assessed as requiring months of intensive rehabilitation.

The Friends of Deirdre O'Reilly Group has launched a special fundraising campaign, which was launched by Lord Mayor Cllr Catherine Clancy and has been supported by political, media, sporting, business and cultural groups.

The first major event will be a gala concert in Cork's City Hall on Easter Sunday next (April 20) at 8pm.

A galaxy of stars have donated their services free gratis to support the campaign.

A west Cork native, Ms O'Reilly worked in local radio before becoming a senior reporter with the 'Evening Echo'.

Irish Independent

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