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Wednesday 1 October 2014

The €1m ice bucket

Published 28/08/2014 | 02:30

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An Irish charity has confirmed that €1m has been raised from the 'Ice Bucket Challenge', which went viral and has been taking social media by storm.

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Participants who bravely allowed iced water to be the thrown over them have ensured that donations surpassed €1m yesterday.

Staff from the Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association announced the news and said "words can't express how girls in the office are feeling right now".

Some of the Irish politicians and stars to participate in the challenge included popstar Una Foden and Fine Gael's Pat Deering.

Missing 16-year-old

GARDAI are appealing to the public for information about Seamus Ronan-John, a 16-year-old who has been missing from his home since last week.

The Wexford teenager was last seen in the Greenlake, Fourth Mountain area of Wexford at 11pm on Saturday.

Gardai said they were concerned for the welfare of the young man. He is described as being 6ft tall, of a slim build, with tight shaven brown hair and brown eyes.

He was wearing a grey 'Smith and Jones' jacket when he was last seen, which has thin white lines on the sleeves and blue writing on the front.

He also has an eyebrow and ear piercings.

Anyone with information is asked to contact gardai.

Elvis daughter invited

RESIDENTS of a rural Co Carlow town have invited the daughter of legendary singer Elvis Presley to their town, as it has emerged that his roots trace back to there.

Research has found that the star's great, great grandfather came from Hacketstown, Co Carlow, and locals will celebrate the connection by holding 'Elvis Weekend' in October.

A letter was written to the King's only daughter, Lisa Marie Presley; however, it is still unknown whether she responded.

100 mile fireman run

Kind hearted fireman Joe Crosse will this weekend complete the ultimate 100 mile marathon in order to repair the local playground which was damaged during this year's storms.

The Co Clare resident said that after he saw the scale of the damage to the playground in Lahinch he set himself the 'One man, 100 miles' challenge in order to raise some funds.

He aims to complete the challenge in just 24 hours this weekend.

Irish Independent

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