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Thursday 27 July 2017

Terri is the best in the west

Jenny McCudden

Sligo mum Terri Golden has scooped the title of Connaught Mum of the Year 2017.

Last week we reported that Cystic Fibrosis Campaigner Terri was short listed in the Woman's Way competition. A delighted Terri has since won her category and was crowned the best in the west at a special ceremony in Dublin attended by her daughter Aisling.

Readers of The Sligo Champion will know that it's been a difficult year for Terri as she lost her youngest daughter Gráinne to Cystic Fibrosis.

Gráinne's wish was for her mum and sister, Aisling, to continue campaigning for access for lifesaving drug Orkambi for CF patients and to have an opt-out system for organ donation.

Mum of two Terri has subsequently appeared on television shows to raise awareness and in April this year, Simon Harris committed to funding for Orkambi.

"That will be Gráinne's legacy, not just Gráinne, other CF campaigners. Loads of other people that have died campaigning," Terri said.

"It's not just about our family, it is about Gráinne's legacy but it is about what she wanted for her own CF friends. That they would have a chance in life."

Terri from Cartron won a luxury goody bag worth at least €500 and a Beko voucher worth €250.

Hundreds of nominations were submitted by spouses, children, siblings and relatives from all over Ireland. The judging panel of well-known Irish personalities had the daunting task of sifting through all the entries to whittle them down to just one mum to be crowned Ireland's overall no.1 mum. Esther Kelly-Keating was crowned Woman's Way Mum of the Year.

One regional winner was also chosen from each province. The judges taking on this difficult task included Norah Casey, Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh, Alison Canavan, Mary Byrne and Pamela Flood. The 15 finalists and Celebrity Mum of the Year Lucy Kennedy attended the finals.

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