Monday 16 September 2019

Fund-raiser in memory of 'Mo Chara'

Margaret Roddy

The family of Dessie Tuite, the popular Aisling Park resident known as 'Mo Chara', held a fund-raiser in his memory recently in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.

His wife Esther, son Gareth and daughter Sarah hosted a 'Shave or Dye' event in The Lisdoo which raised a whooping €5,515 for the Irish Cancer Society.

Dessie, who was well known around town having had his own window-cleaning round for many years, died in March aged 58, having been diagnosed with advanced cancer just three weeks previously.

Esther and Dessie were childhood sweethearts, having met at school, and they had experienced tragedy in their lives when their sixteen year old daughter Emma died in 2000.

Esther is overwhelmed with the success of the fund-raiser and was delighted to receive a letter from Avril Power, Chief Executive of the Irish Cancer Society, thanking them for raising €5,515.

She wishes to thank all those who helped make the night such a success, the team of Aoin, Natalie, Micheal and Evelyn who presided over the waxing, shaving and dying, Micky and Amy Tuite who provided the entertainment along with The Long Riders, Hilda and Billy McCann for their help in organising the music, all those who sponsored those taking part in the 'Shave or Dye', those who donated prizes for the raffle, P&A Quinn and the Lisdoo, and all those who bought and sold tickets.

Ester says she is so proud of her children for organising the event 'as their father would be too. I'm sure he was there with Emma, dancing the night away with us.'

The Argus