Saturday 19 January 2019

Coffee morning raises a huge €6,000

The O’Loughlin family, Rosemary, Darragh, Colm, Molly and Cian
The O’Loughlin family, Rosemary, Darragh, Colm, Molly and Cian

The family of a little boy who required open heart surgery twice before he was six months old have managed to raise over €6,000 for Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin and Ronald McDonald House.

Parents Rosemary and Colm O'Loughlin endured a difficult time when their little boy Darragh required open heart surgery just six days after he was born. Again at five months old, Darragh needed further open heart surgery and faced a long road to recovery. During this time, Rosemary and Colm found the level of care that their little man received in Crumlin to beyond reproach. They spent nearly five months with Darragh in Crumlin, during which time they stayed at the Ronald McDonald House and found it to be an excellent service which allowed them to be close to Darragh, but also have their other children, Molly and Cian close by.

'It was a very tough time, but you just kind of have to roll with the punches,' said Rosemary. 'We were in Crumlin for nearly five months in total and we stayed in the Ronald McDonald house most of that time. As well as raising some money for the cardiac department at Crumlin, we wanted to raise some funds for the Ronald McDonald House as well and raise some awareness for parents in similar situations that this excellent service is available.'

Thankfully for the O'Loughlin family, Darragh is now coming on in 'leaps and bounds' and is crawling around the place and getting into mischief like any other 14 month old child.

His family were blown away by the level of support their venture received as people flocked to the Presentation Centre over the course of the morning to enjoy a nice hot cuppa and some sweet treats for these great causes. 'We're still counting bits and pieces that are still coming in, but so far we've raised €6,000,' said Rosemary. 'We're absolutely delighted with this. People are so generous. We expected to have a bit of a crowd with family and friends, but people came from all four corners of the county. It's lovely to be able to give something back to a charity that made such a difference to us.'

Enniscorthy Guardian