Having a cuppa to remember Tess and to help fight MND

Simon Brouder

Friends and family of the late Teresa 'Tess' Smullen descended on Cahermoneen on Saturday to remember the much-loved Marian Park woman.

Tess passed away last November after a brave seven-month battle with motor neurone disease (MND) and at the weekend her family and friends hosted a tea morning in her honour to increase awareness and raise funds for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA).  

The tea morning - which came just a few days after MND Global Awareness Day - was held at Tess's daughter Caroline O'Shea's home in Cahermoneen.

Scores of Tess's family, friends and loved ones from all over Tralee attended the event which kicked off at 10.30 and lasted until well after 3pm.

Caroline said the aim of the day was to help the IMNDA and to raise awareness of a condition that many people still know very little about.  

"We just wanted to give something back," she said. 

"Our family were lucky. There's a lot of us and mum had a lot of friends so there was always someone on hand to help out. But there are people out there with MND who are on their own. They have no-one and they are totally reliant on help from the association," Caroline said.

"We were delighted with the turnout. People came from all over town and the place was buzzing all day," she said.

Caroline and the family extended their deepest thanks to everyone who came along and all who supported the event, including many businesses that donated spot prizes and Lee Strand who kindly provided the milk for all the tea. 

If you or a loved one are affected by MND - or to learn more about the condition - you can contact the association via www.imnda.ie.