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Saturday 19 October 2019

Kerry stars take icy dip to raise funds for 'Team Hannah'

O'Sullivan braves
the water
Darran O'Sullivan braves the water tank
Colm Cooper
Bryn O'Shea, gets to dunk his Dad, Brian James O'Shea
Hannah Bradley is suffering from brain cancer

Anne-Marie Walsh

THEY may have been wearing clothes, but they were cold comfort to some of the country's leading footballers who braved freezing water for a cancer charity.

Kerry stars Colm Cooper, Eoin Brosnan, Kieran O'Leary and Darran O'Sullivan endured the icy December conditions in aid of the 'Team Hannah Charity Fund' at the weekend.

Bryn O'Shea also got to dunk his Dad, Brian James O'Shea, into 500 gallons of freezing cold water at Killarney's Market Cross.

The event is part of the 'Christmas in Killarney charity appeal' for Hannah Bradley (27) who has brain cancer.

The sports stars were helping to raise a target of €150,000 for a life-saving operation in America.

Hannah's partner, Pete Cohen, launched the appeal after Hannah was diagnosed with a brain tumour after falling ill last February.

Hannah is now living in the UK, but made many friends when she worked in the Europe Hotel in Killarney. One of them was James Clifford, the general manager of Dunloe Castle, who described her as a "great team leader".

"Hannah is a smashing girl and would do the same for any of us if we needed it," he said.

"She rang us and asked for a bit of help. Around 20 people got into the dunk tank, and I was due to go in at the end but escaped because it started getting really wet.

"Around three or four of us got away, including myself and some gardai."

Irish Independent

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