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Tuesday 16 January 2018

It was my privilege to know brave Becky, says rugby star Paul O'Connell

A BOOK documenting a young girl's personal account of her fight against cancer has been relaunched by Irish rugby star Paul O'Connell.

'The Little Girl with the Big Headache' is the diary that the late Becky Macauley kept during her treatment. The 11-year-old was first diagnosed with a brain tumour in April 2011 and had to undergo surgery and chemotherapy.

Sadly, Becky, who was honoured for her bravery at a civic reception hosted by Limerick County Council, died last August. Irish and Munster rugby star O'Connell joined Becky's parents, Mike and Mary, and her sister Rachel (15) in relaunching her book at O'Mahony's book store in O'Connell Street, Limerick.

'The Little Girl with the Big Headache' proved so popular that the first print run sold out. Proceeds go to cancer research through the Children's Ark Project's Paediatric Oncology Fund at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick.

Becky's father Mike said: "This helps keep Becky's memory alive."

O'Connell said: "This book, written in Becky's own words, illustrates the tremendous courage that she showed. I was privileged to have got to know Becky."

Kathryn Hayes

Irish Independent

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