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Ella's cup overflows with life

SINCE Ella Weldon was first pictured with the Sam Maguire Cup in Crumlin Children's Hospital, Dublin, three years ago she has won the biggest prize of all -- the gift of life.

Now a fit and healthy four-year-old, Ella, was suffering from infant leukaemia back then.

But yesterday she was togged out and ready for action as she was reacquainted with the mighty Sam.

The All-Ireland trophy paid a visit to her local Wanderers GAA club in Rathfarnham, south Dublin.

Doctors had told Ella's parents that their daughter only had a 50pc chance of survival.

"She was diagnosed with infant leukaemia at seven months old in April 2008. She's a year off treatment. She went through 10 months of intense chemotherapy and a year- and-a-half maintenance therapy," said her dad Robert Weldon.

"It takes five years after treatment until you're given the all-clear but she's doing great.

"All her hair has grown back and she's like a normal four-year-old girl, really.

"Her quality of life has improved dramatically.

"She has a twin brother Killian and you wouldn't notice any difference between the two of them.

"She has a head of red hair and a temperament to match it!

"She's very lively and energetic and loves to be the centre of attention," said her proud father.

Irish Independent