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Dancing the night away for 'Chloe's Journey'

It was a case of family, friends, locals, and indeed some visitors from a little further afield coming out in support on Saturday night of Chloe Jenkins, a two-year-old girl battling a rare and aggressive form of cancer.

A fund-raising dance on behalf of 'Chloe's Journey' took place in Killorglin's Manor Inn - in the hometown of Chloe's mother, Deborah - and a huge help it will be to Chloe in her fight against Neuroblastoma.

While a final figure is not yet known, Chloe's uncle-in-law, Brendan Reidy, said the total has passed €7,000 and has thanked everyone who supported the event.

"It was a great crowd, somewhere between 150 and 200 people," Brendan explained, praising locals and non-locals alike for rowing in.

"It was organised by family, and I suppose the main brains behind it were Chloe's grandparents - Doreen and Francie O'Connor - and a friend of the family, Joanna O'Sullivan."

Brendan explained that the night was accompanied by 'The Singing Jarvey' Ger Healy's music, and also featured the raffling off of a signed Irish rugby jersey and prizes kindly donated by local businesses.

Brendan also extended his thanks to the Manor Inn and to Mike and Kathleen O'Shea. He added that Chloe is doing well in her brave battle and that everyone around her is hopeful.

It was the latest in a series of fundraisers for Chloe, who lives in Cork with her parents, Deborah and Gareth. Just recently, for example, the local panto group raised some €2,000 for the little girl. 'Chloe's Journey' will also be a beneficiary of the Red Fox Tractor Run at the end of the month.

If you'd like to donate to the cause, you can visit the dedicated gofundeme.com page, which is titled 'Chloe's Journey'.

Kerryman