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Hair today, gone after six years. . . Declan's cut-above charity bid

WE'VE all heard the jibe about someone who still has their First Holy Communion money. Well now meet the man who hung on to his Confirmation hair for six years.

Declan Feehily (18) hadn't had his locks chopped since he was 12. And he had no intention of getting rid of his three-foot-long ponytail until he met little Adam Kennedy (7).

Adam, from Skreen, Co Sligo, was born with achondroplasia (dwarfism) and also suffers from seizures. A trust fund has been set up to help him by friends of his parents Noel and Valerie Kennedy.

"My mum has raised money for Adam by driving a motorbike from Malin Head to Mizen Head and I now know Adam, who is a great lad," said Declan.

"I just had to do something to help and couldn't think of anything and I though getting my hair cut might raise some money.

"I don't know why really but I just never got it cut after my Confirmation, but it's gone now and so far I have raised more than €2,000."

A second charity also benefited -- Adam's pony-tail was donated to the Rapunzel Foundation who sent it to New Zealand to be turned into wigs for children with cancer.

After his appointment with hairdresser Siobhan Hooper from the 'A Cut Above' salon in Dromahair, Co Leitrim, Declan has been causing a bit of confusion at Summerhill College in Sligo where he's a Leaving Cert student.

"It was very funny when I went back into school. No-one recognised me."

You can donate to the Adam Kennedy Trust via: Bank of Ireland, account number 69502500, sort code 90 54 40, or you can visit www.mycharity.ie/charity/ adamkennedytrust.

Irish Independent