Wednesday 22 November 2017

Kells turns pink to support 2,500 women diagnosed with breast cancer

THE historic town of Kells is set to turn pink on Saturday next, as one of Ireland's fastest growing fundraisers for the fight against breast cancer breaks the €400,000 mark.

The Pink Ribbon Walk on Saturday at Drewstown House is in support of the 2,500-plus women diagnosed annually with breast cancer in Ireland. The walk has a growing list of celebrity fans, including patrons Bryan Dobson and Barbara McMahon plus top Irish chef Clodagh McKenna, and organisers plan to expand it to eight locations nationwide within the next five years and raise €.5m annually in the process. Monies raised help fund the Irish Cancer Society's National Cancer Freefone Helpline, which last year responded to 21,000 calls. Info at

Hero pens book cricket victory book

IT was a performance that rewrote sporting record books and catapulted Ireland's cricket team on to the pages of newspapers around the world.

Now the story of Ireland's win against England in the Cricket World Cup is told in the book Six after Six, by the star of the game, Kevin O'Brien, right, who scored the fastest century in World Cup history to see off the old enemy. In the book, O'Brien tells of his odyssey from a cricket-mad childhood in Dublin to that magical evening in Bangalore when the game's pundits were confounded and the old pecking order overthrown. Lavishly illustrated, and written with sports journalist Gerard Siggins, it is published by Brickfields Press, €12.99.

Obama wants to show kids Moneygall

US PRESIDENT Barack Obama wants to return to Ireland to show his daughters his ancestral village of Moneygall. American Ambassador Dan Rooney revealed that Mr Obama "really enjoyed" his visit to Co Offaly and that it was "the highlight" of his trip to Ireland.

He said he received a letter from President Obama following the May 23 visit. "I know that he really enjoyed it . . . He said some very nice things and I think he'd like to come back. He'd like his kids to come, his daughters."

A return trip was first hinted after an innocent question was asked by publican Ollie Hayes' daughter, Katie, 3, when she met Mr Obama and First Lady Michelle. While she was in her uncle Mike Hayes' arms she asked: "Where are your two girls?" The child was quickly told by Mr Obama that he'd be back again and on the next occasion, he'd bring Malia and Sasha. Mr Rooney said Mr Obama left Ireland with a "great smile on his face". "We have to get him back and we have to get him elected," he said.

Fleadh Ceoil great success for Cavan

Fleadh Ceoil na hEireann, hosted in Cavan town for the second year running, was another great national occasion with an estimated 320,000 people enjoying the music and craic on the streets and in the pubs of Cavan.

Comhaltas Ceoiltoiri Eireann staged 165 All-Ireland competitions, supported by over 70 fringe events and all marshalled by 1070 volunteers. Numbers of overseas competitors and visitors were up on last years count.

GAA star supports Relay for Life

2010 Hurler of the Year, Tipperary's All-Ireland hero Lar Corbett, is among numerous celebrities supporting the 24 hour Relay for Life in aid of the Irish Cancer Society in Toomevara GAA Complex in Co Tipperary this weekend.

The hurling star is also holding his own fundraiser for the Irish Cancer Society in his own pub, Lar's Bar, in Thurles, next Friday, September 2, when lots of signed Tipp gear will be up for grabs.

Sunday Independent

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