The Elected Members of Limerick County Council this evening hosted a civic reception at Limerick County Hall in Dooradoyle to recognise the achievements and bravery of two young relatives of Council staff who have overcome serious illness.
The two recipients are 11-year-old Becky McCauley from Raheen and 15-year-old Brónagh O’Neill from Grange.
Bronagh recently sat her Junior Certificate, just ten days after undergoing brain surgery. She is looking forward to resuming her passion for music and drama, and plans on travelling to Finland this summer with her drama group.
Meanwhile, Becky has recently published a book about her experience, “The Little Girl with the Big Headache”, the proceeds of which are going to cancer research through the Children’s Ark Project’s Paediatric Oncology Fund.
To mark today’s Civic Reception, Limerick County Council, through the Staff Humanitarian and Benevolent Fund, made a contribution of €2,000 to the Paediatric Oncology Fund.
Speaking at Limerick County Hall in Dooradoyle today, Councillor Mary Harty, Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council said: “In recognising Becky and Brónagh’s achievements and bravery in overcoming their respective illnesses, Limerick County Council is acknowledging other young people throughout Limerick who have survived or are continuing to be treated for serious illnesses. We also remember those who have lost their lives through serious illness along with their friends and families today.
“I would also like to pay tribute to the wonderful work of hospitals such as the Mid Western Regional Hospital here in Dooradoyle and also at Crumlin Children’s Hospital and in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin for the care and support services they provide to children and families who are going through serious illnesses,” the Cathaoirleach added.
Commenting on the €2,000 donation made by Council staff toward cancer research, Councillor Harty said: “Limerick County Council is delighted to be able to play its part in ensuring organisations such as the Children’s Ark Project, which may not have a budget and may not receive significant funding, are allowed to continue to undertake valuable work in the area of cancer research.”