A big "Thank you"

A big "Thank you"

A big "Thank you"

from Kinlough

by Matt Britton@


A cheque presentation made to Cathriona Mc Gloin, a representative of Our Lady's Children's Hospital,(OLCH) at the Holyrood Hotel, last weekend was the culmination of ten months planning and work by a dedicated committee of ladies from the North Leitrim village of Kinlough.

The Halloween Party Night held at the Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran, was inspired by two little girls from Kinlough, both of whom had undergone life-saving surgery at OLCH, Crumlin over the period 2009/2010.

Zoe Warnock, daughter of Helen and John Warnock received life-saving surgery four days after birth in 2009, while Iona O' Donnell, daughter of Regina and John O'Donnell, underwent open heart surgery in 2010.

Thanks to the expertise, skill and dedication of the staff at OLCH, Crumlin, both Iona and Zoe have made remarkable recoveries and are a striking testimony to the great work being carried out at this premier children's hospital on a daily basis.

It was from a sense of intense gratitude that Iona and Zoe's mothers, Regina and Helen, embarked on organising the Halloween Party Night. They were readily joined by a group of local ladies who came together to form a fantastic committee from which evolved a wonderful event.

The Halloween Party Night featured Marion Fitzgerald (M.C.) and her band, The Three of Us, Francis Boylan and Kevin Keenan, Celtic Rhythm Dance Troupe and the Gallagher School of Dance. All participants in the line-up gave of their services in a voluntary capacity and ensured that a great night of music, dance and entertainment was had by all who attended.

Raffle prizes flowed in from the community at large, and from generous patrons throughout the country, while items necessary for the event were sponsored by local businesses in the Kinlough, Bundoran and Ballyshannon areas. The Great Northern Hotel sponsored the venue and provided the expertise of events manager, Karen Mc Eniff.

The event itself proved to be an outstanding success with €20,000 raised for the Cardiology Unit at OLCH. Through discussion with the Children's Medical and Research Foundation, OLCH, the committee have ultimately decided to purchase twelve ‘King of Hearts' monitors to aid the work of the unit.

These monitors allow a patient, and their family, the freedom to live a normal life with the cardiac condition being monitored from home, thus their significance.

The organising committee wish to thank all those who supported the event by buying tickets, donating money and attending the Party Night, making it the huge success it proved to be. While the main aim of the event was to raise funds for the Cardiology Unit, it was also instrumental in raising awareness in the North West of the cutting edge research being carried out in OLCH. But importantly too, it served as a catalyst in creating an extensive community connection through a night of fun and togetherness. It certainly was a night to remember!