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Callaly heartache as Ann's cancer returns

THE sister of murdered Rachel O'Reilly is undergoing chemo-therapy after a cancerous tumour returned to her eye.

Ann Callaly (31) was first diagnosed with the growth in 2008 and had to undergo an aggressive treatment for the disease. But now after a short period of remission she has received the bad news that the tumour has returned.

The family had hoped that she had beaten the cancer and are devastated that beautiful Ann faces another struggle.

"She's back in chemo treatment. The last two years have been tough on her," said her mother Rose.

However, the Callaly family are remaining optimistic that their daughter and sister will make a full recovery.

"The treatment does seem to be working, so I'm very hopeful that this will be the end of it this time," Rose added.

"She has needed every ounce of her boundless energy to get through the vigorous schedule of operations, chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments," she said.

According to family and friends, Ann is now near the end of her current treatment, which was first diagnosed in January 2008, less than six months after Joe O'Reilly was sentenced to life for the murder of Rachel.

The mum-of-two was bludgeoned to death by O'Reilly in the family home in the Naul, on October 4, 2004.

In a show of support for their sister, Anthony and Paul Callaly had their heads shaved to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

"We only started fundraising a month ago and have already raised €5,000, so there has really been a terrific response," said Paul.

Ann said she is very proud of her brothers. "I'm so blessed with such a supportive family and great friends," she said.

Paul and Anthony can be sponsored by logging on to www.mycharity.ie and searching for Paul and Tony.