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Daffodil Day lot better than last year as the rain stays off

Joyce Fegan

Published 29/03/2014 | 16:18

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James Gilleran, the original 'Daff Man', spending the day in his suit of daffodils to celebrate Daffodil Day and to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society, on O'Connell Street, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: Artur Widak/PA Wire
James Gilleran, the original 'Daff Man', spending the day in his suit of daffodils to celebrate Daffodil Day and to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society, on O'Connell Street, Dublin. Artur Widak/PA Wire
Fiachra Mooney with his mum Mary, who has been given the all-clear from cancer. Picture: MARK CONDREN
Fiachra Mooney with his mum Mary, who has been given the all-clear from cancer. Picture: MARK CONDREN

Daffodil Day was a lot better than last year's washout, but it is too soon to say if the Irish Cancer Society reached its €3.45m collection target.

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"Things are looking a lot better than last year -- there are a lot more notes, the coin bags are heavier and the money isn't wet," said the charity's head of finance Niamh Ni Chonghaile.

The society said it is about 20pc behind 2012's fund levels.

Daffodil Day is the charity's biggest fundraiser, and volunteers from around the country took to the streets selling badges yesterday.

More than 400 children in St Finian's National School in Newcastle, Dublin, formed a giant daffodil to raise funds for the society.

The giant flower was the brainchild of St Finian's fifth-class pupil Fiachra Mooney whose mother, Mary, had breast cancer and received the all-clear last Wednesday.

Mark Mellett, head of fundraising for the charity, was particularly inspired by Fiachra's idea, and gave the students' effort a special shout-out yesterday evening as the money was being counted.

"From our own 'daff man' James Gilleran on O'Connell Street, to Storm troopers selling daffs on Grafton street, a marathon 11-hour coffee morning in Cork, many of our messages trending on Twitter, a fantastic daffodil formation of 400 schoolchildren in Newcastle -- it's been an amazing day," Mr Mellett said yesterday.

(The Herald)

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