12th July 2014

Representatives of Brain Tumour Ireland travelled to the village of Ballyduff Upper in West Waterford this week, to be presented with a cheque for €8,400 which the local community had collected for the charity. The fundraising was carried out in memory of two local men- Paul Kennedy, and his neighbour and friend, Raymond O’Brien, both of whom sadly lost their battles with brain tumours in the past year.

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Anne Cotter and Anne Kennedy presenting a cheque for €8,400 to Sandra Doyle, with Caroline O’Leary, Jimmy Doyle & Natasha Roche of Brain Tumour Ireland. Also pictured are Aoife Kennedy, Caoimhe O’Brien, Sarah O’Brien and Peter Kennedy. Photo courtesy of Avondhu Press.

We were delighted to travel to Ballyduff Upper this week to meet the people who have raised such valuable funds for Brain Tumour Ireland. We received a typical Ballyduff welcome in keeping with the motto on their village stone, ‘NÍ NEART GO CUR LE CHÉILE – UNITY IS STRENGTH’, the Muintir na Tíre motto which this community have made very much their own.

This unity of strength was very visible as we met all the people who rowed in behind Anne Kennedy, whose idea it was to raise this money for Brain Tumour Ireland. Anne is the wife of Paul Kennedy, a local vet, who sadly died as a result of a brain tumour in August 2013. Raymond O’ Brien, a local farmer and active promoter of athletics in the community, also died as a result of a brain tumour in January 2014, and the two men were the inspiration behind the extraordinary fundraising efforts of the Ballyduff community.

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Participants at the local 10K walk.

Over 30 West Waterford women travelled to Dublin to participate in the Flora Ladies Mini-Marathon on behalf of Brain Tumour Ireland on the June Bank Holiday weekend earlier this year. On the same day these women were pounding the pavements in Dublin, local woman Anne Cotter had organised what was to be a small local ‘Walk & Talk’ for those who were unable to travel to Dublin  for the Mini-Marathon…some for gender reasons! Ultimately over 143 people from Ballyduff and surrounding areas walked from Cloonbeg in remembrance of Paul and Raymond, a wonderful tribute to both men.

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Katie Nolan’s beautiful interpretation of the Brain Tumour Ireland logo attracts attention in a local shop window.

Brain Tumour Ireland owes a really big thank you to the Annes- both Kennedy & Cotter- for the immense amount of work they put into organising this venture. Special thanks also go to Katie Nolan, a very talented local artist who painted the Brain Tumour Ireland logo which appears in the window of Pad Flynn’s Hardware Shop in the village. It is people like these who inspire us to forge ahead with our work on behalf of the brain tumour community in Ireland.

We are extremely grateful to the Ballyduff community and beyond, for donating so generously to our charity. As the first national voluntary organisation dedicated to brain tumours, the funds will be used in our work to support brain tumour patients and their families, throughout Ireland.


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A wonderful Ballyduff welcome for Brain Tumour Ireland. Photo courtesy of Avondhu Press.

See here for an article on the Ballyduff fundraisers in The Avondhu