Friday 19 January 2018

Cancer survivor Keelin praises 'fantastic' Majella

RTE's Keelin Shanley
RTE's Keelin Shanley
Majella O'Donnell has her head shaved on TV
Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

BROADCASTER and breast cancer survivor Keelin Shanley has described Majella O'Donnell's 'Late Late Show' interview about her battle with the illness as "fantastic".

The business woman and singer shaved off her hair live on television on Friday night, and has so far raised over €400,000 for the Irish Cancer Society.

Ms Shanley, an RTE journalist, sent her best wishes to Daniel O'Donnell's wife, who revealed her battle with cancer in July.

The 'Morning Edition' host was diagnosed with the disease over two years ago, and underwent treatment at St Vincent's Hospital in February 2011.

Speaking about Majella's frank appearance on the 'Late Late Show' on Friday, she said: "I was actually out at a family dinner but I heard all about it and I just thought 'fair play to her'.

"It is fantastic what she has done, and the fundraising and her generosity in doing it," Ms Shanley said at the launch of the Volunteer Ireland Awards yesterday,

It has been over two years since Ms Shanley underwent chemotherapy and had a mastectomy, and on the 'Late Late Show' in March, she reported that the disease had not spread.

Meanwhile, Majella was overcome with emotion as she heard she had raised almost €400,000 on air.

She told Ryan Tubridy yesterday on his 2fm show how she had been feeling ill over the weekend, but she choked up as he told her she had raised almost €400,000 for the Irish Cancer Society.

"Oh my God," she said. "I can't believe that."

There was such a surge in donations to the Irish Cancer Society's website that it crashed, but it is now back up and running.

She said her husband, who is in America on tour at her insistence, rang her after watching it on Skype.

She said: "I was glad he got to see it at the same time and he was very proud."

The fundraising number is 1850 606060, the website is and €4 donations can be made by texting "Pink" to 50300.

Majella's bravery

Irish Independent

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