Tina's name to live on in new café in Kilflynn

Mags McElligott pictured with her daughter Tina who passed away in February 2018. Mags is now in the middle of setting up ‘Tina’s Tonic Café’. Photo by Domnick Walsh
Mags McElligott pictured with her daughter Tina who passed away in February 2018. Mags is now in the middle of setting up ‘Tina’s Tonic Café’. Photo by Domnick Walsh

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The mother of the late Tina McElligott hopes to honour both the memory and the fighting spirit of her daughter later this year with the opening of a brand new café called 'Tina's Tonic Café'.

Tina, who passed away aged just 17 in February last year, was the oldest known sufferer of the neurological condition known as Alpers disease. During her short life, Mags and Tina fought vehemently for the legalisation of CBD Oil - going so far as to move to Barcelona for a number of months to access CBD Oil legally there - which Mags said greatly eased Tina's suffering during her last few months. Mags hopes that the new café will be located next to her house which is on the way into Kilflynn village.

The site which Mags hopes the café will be located is the same site that Mags and Tina's father Martin bought for Tina in the hopes that she would one day live there; now after Tina's passing, Mags said that she has been newly motivated to renovate the house into a café that can help others. 

Speaking last Thursday, Mags told The Kerryman what different services she hopes the café will offer.

"We hope that there will be a room there where people who suffer from different types of illnesses will be able to meet up and share stories from their journey's. Take for example, some one who has had cancer, people who have been down this road will be able to help others who are just starting on their own path," said Mags.

While the café will offer the normal array of teas, coffees and food, Mags said that there will also be different CBD Oil products on sale there too.

"Tina keeps me going every single day. She lived five-and-a-half years longer than anyone else with that disease and if she can do that, I can keep going too," said Mags.

Explaining the name of the café, Mags said that not only was Tina a tonic herself with her lust for life but she now hopes the café will be a tonic for others too.

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