Health campaigner William shows real heart

Published 30/04/2014 | 05:36

Billy DF O'Sullivan (fourth from left) signing the book at the civic reception accorded by Cllr Michael Gleeson, Deputy Mayor of Killarney for his work in setting up HeartBeat in Killarney, a group that supports people who deal with all types of heart issues. Front, from left: Una Loftus, Olive O’Sullivan, Marie McCarthy and Mary Doyle. Back, from left: Lucy Clifford, Kathleen McCarthy, Matt Clarke, Michael Leane, Cllr Sean Counihan, Mary O’Reilly, William O’Sullivan, Kiara Clarke, Cllr Tom Doherty, Michael O’Leary, Town Clerk, Mairead McCarthy, Killarney Strutters, Cllr Cathal Walshe, Assumpta O’Shea, Michael F O’Connor and Brian McCarthy at the Killarney Town Chambers on Thursday.

A HEALTH campaigner who has provided support to countless heart patients has been honoured this week at a special civic reception by Killarney Town Council.

In one of its final receptions before being dissolved in May, the local authority recognised the work of William O'Sullivan, known locally as Billy DF, the founder member of the HeartBeat, hearth health and patient support group in Killarney.

"You have through HeartBeat give reassurance and hope to many who were and are feeling fragile and vulnerable. You have reached out without fuss or frolic to people who need encouragement and hints of hope," Deputy Mayor Michael Gleeson told the reception.

Billy founded the ground breaking support group after his own health scare and to embrace the "new challenge" facing him. "With strength and courage you faced those realities and made those choices. With the wisdom of your experiences and the benefit of lessons learned you decide to be a beacon light for others with heart problems," Michael Gleeson said.

The Killarney man was joined at the reception by his wife Olive and a group of family and friends.


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