Monday 23 April 2018

Local community teams up to host fundraising bake sale for brave Molly

Little Molly McNally's fight against neuroblastoma, a serious childhood cancer, has touched the nation's heart after it was reported on in the Sunday Independent.

For her mum and dad, Emma and Gerry McNally, Molly's cancer diagnosis was a bombshell. Molly is five years old and started to feel unwell just as she had started school. She was diagnosed with cancer last October.

Mum Emma said that as well as a significant tumour over Molly's right kidney, which has now been successfully shrunk by chemotherapy, the cancer also attacked her bone marrow and bones as well as her lymph nodes.

Today a fundraising event for Molly has been organised by neighbours. A coffee and bake sale day in aid of the Molly McNally Trust will take place in the Balscadden Community hall from 9.30am until 4pm with lots of child-friendly events, including facepainting.

PIPE BOMB ATTACK NEAR GIRO ROUTE

Houses were damaged by small explosions in the Ballymoney area of County Antrim where the second stage of the Giro d'Italia took place yesterday.

Pipe bombs were thrown at the houses in Henry Street and Hannah Court in the town in the early hours of yesterday morning, breaking windows in the properties.

Occupants in both homes were very shocked by the attacks, the PSNI said. The race yesterday took riders through the beautiful coastal Glens of Antrim.

NO WINNER OF €6M LOTTO JACKPOT

THERE was no winner of last night's €6,001,389 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 5, 13, 22, 24, 33, 38 (bonus 26). The Plus 1 numbers were 3, 6, 10, 26, 36, 41 (bonus 29) and Plus 2 were 10, 13, 32, 33, 35, 37 (bonus 20).

EUROVISION HONOURS GO TO AUSTRIA

last night's Eurovision Song Contest was won by Austria's transvestite entry Conchita Wurst – the "bearded lady" – who edged ahead of the Dutch after tight early voting.

While Ireland didn't make the final cut, the Irish jury recognised quality when they heard it, and shared their top votes between Austria and the Netherlands.

DAD OF TWO KILLED IN MOTORBIKE CRASH

A motorcyclist who died in a collision in County Monaghan on Friday night has been named as Dwayne Millar, 29, a married man and father of two of Drumkelly, Annyalla, Catleblayney, Co Monaghan.

Dwayne was one of hundreds of motorcyclists from north and south who had just attended the Annual 'Gone But Not Forgotten' Mass for deceased bikers at the Sacred Heart Church in Clones, after which his motorbike was in collision with a car at Lismeagh on the Smithboro/Clones Road just after 9pm. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two occupants of the car involved were uninjured.

Witnesses are asked to contact the gardai in Monaghan on 047-77200 or any garda station.

NIGERIAN CANDIDATE SLAMS KIDNAPPING

A NIGERIAN woman standing for the Labour Party in the upcoming local elections has joined international calls for the release of 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by a terrorist group known as Boko Haram in her home country.

Kemi Adenekan, a candidate for Dublin South West, has lived in Tallaght for 14 years and last year became an Irish citizen. "As a mother, a sister, an aunt, it is really devastating," Mrs Adenekan told the Sunday Independent. "I look at my daughter – she is 14 – and I think of her being kidnapped. I put myself in the shoes of these girls' mothers and I am so sorry for them. It is really sickening."

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WORLD RECORD RIBBON CHAIN ATTEMPT

A WORLD record bid today to form the longest-ever ribbon chain is expected to net €100,000 for three Irish cancer support groups. The record attempt will see up to 3,000 participants hold a five-mile long ribbon chain along the cliff walk between Bray and Greystones.

The event has been inspired by Caroline Dwyer-Hickey, a 35-year-old primary school teacher from Greystones who died a year ago after a nine-year battle against cancer.

Funds raised from the event will be shared between the Cancer Clinical Research Institute, Bray Cancer Support and Greystones Cancer Support. The record bid, which kicks off at noon, will be observed by an independent notary and will be captured by a helicopter film crew.

More information at www.thecarolinefoundation.com.

BUTLER'S STIRS UP SUPPORT FOR CHARITY DAY

On TUESDAY, May 13, Butler's Chocolates Cafes will donate the money from sales of all hot drinks sold in its 16 outlets nationwide to charity.

With this event, which they're calling "Butler's Cup for SVP", they hope to raise at least €20,000 to help the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul fight poverty.

More information at www.butlerschocolates.com/cup4.

BROADBAND CENTRE A JOBS BOOST FOR CORK

A new broadband centre will be launched in Cork tomorrow, which will create 10 new jobs in the region. Minister for Research and Innovation Sean Sherlock will officially open the new CIX centre at the Cork Internet Exchange at 2pm.

PRESIDENT HIGGINS AWARDED DOCTORATE

President Michael D Higgins has been given an honorary doctorate from his former university. The President was awarded a Doctorate in Humane Letters as well as a Distinguished Alumni Service Award from Indiana University where he studied for a MA in Sociology from 1966 to 1968.

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