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On Tuesday 05th and Wednesday 06th April 2016, the Aer Lingus Cadet Classes 2015/2016 were delighted to present Breast Cancer Research, Cancer Care West and Sligo Cancer Support Centre with their cheques for €2650.96, €5249.89 and €5451.89 respectively following the Aer Lingus Cancer Charity Plane Push, March 2016, conducted by the 23 Aer Lingus Pilot Cadets who were completing their training in Flight Training Europe at the time. A final total of €13352.74 was raised for the three charities.

Between them, the three charities provide essential research, support, accommodation, rehabilitation, counselling, education and fundraising for those suffering from the effects of cancer in Ireland. Without them, cancer patients in Ireland would be lacking much needed facilities and very valuable and progressive research that is vital in the battle against cancer.

Thank you to all those who donated to our page and supported our venture both online and on the day. Thank you also to the businesses and companies that provided sponsorship, equipment, pink ties and support throughout the process. Finally, a very special thanks goes to the 23 Aer Lingus Cadets who participated in the Plane Push on Friday 19th March 2016, without whom the event would not have been such a success.

Well done to all on a fantastic achievement!

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(Picture above from L-R: Brian Dent,  Aer Lingus First Officer /Co-Pilot, Cadet Plane Push Event Co-ordinator, Ms Christine Costello, Development Officer Breast Cancer Research , Professor Michael Kerin, Professor of Surgery NUI Galway and Research Director of Breast Cancer Research)

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(Picture above from L-R: Brian Dent, Aer Lingus First Officer/Co-Pilot, Cadet Plane Push Event Co-ordinator, Nurse Kathleen Whiriskey, Cancer Care West)

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(Picture above from L-R: Stephanie Scanlon, Sligo Cancer Support Centre, Brian Dent, Aer Lingus First Officer Co-Pilot, Cadet Plane Push Event Co-ordinator)

 Results of the Clare Island 10Km (16.04.2016)
Pos Num Time Name Category Club
1 101 00.41.47 Frank  Reape M40 Crossmolina
2 235 00.42.31 Dylan  Pinder M Clare Island
3 150 00.43.11 Daniel Broderick M Ballinteer
4 233 00.43.56 Christian  Pinder M Clare Island
5 223 00.46.17 Tom O Malley M Laois
6 189 00.46.23 Isaac O’Grady MJ Clare Island
7 234 00.46.25 Tom Pinder M50 Clare Island
8 205 00.48.29 Arnau Vivet MJ Westport
9 130 00.48.35 Sean O Riordan M Shelbourne Rd
10 57 00.48.36 Adrian Farrelly M Bealnamulla
11 226 00.50.57 Lindsay McCabe F Clare Island
12 208 00.51.59 Pearce O’Malley M Clare Island
13 195 00.52.03 Brendan Burns M Clare Island
14 89 00.52.07 John Hastings M40 Winterton
15 86 00.52.30 John Lorigan M Dublin
16 236 00.53.52 Jack Pinder M Clare Island
17 206 00.54.14 Fiona Kelly F Killala
18 111 00.54.18 Adrian Conway M Westport
19 93 00.54.18 James Byrne M Grange Rath
20 197 00.55.09 Damien O’Malley M Clare Island
21 198 00.55.10 Ian McCabe M Clare Island
22 135 00.55.12 Martin  Glynn M Mayo
23 105 00.55.13 Enda  Cosgrave M Castlebar
24 224 00.55.21 Conor  Pinder M Clare Island
25 237 00.55.27 Morgan Pinder M Clare Island
26 207 00.55.31 Eamonn O’Malley M Clare island
27 118 00.55.41 Joseph  Walsh M Hollymount
28 76 00.55.45 Joanne Carolan F castlebar
29 110 00.55.48 Thomas Byrne M Castlebar
30 122 00.56.24 Angela Camacho F Quat Road
31 209 00.56.42 Patrick O Malley M Louisburgh
32 81 00.56.51 Marcus Guckian M Drumsna
33 194 00.56.59 Dara O’malley M Clare Island
34 225 00.57.16 Stephen Doherty M Foxford
35 70 00.57.22 Colm Glynn M Lower John Street
36 69 00.57.22 Dawn  Steacy F Cork
37 177 00.57.26 Michael Hastings M Westport
38 87 00.57.56 Liz Clarke F Pontoon
39 106 00.58.49 Ann Marie Carolan F Castlebar
40 164 00.59.03 Daphne Keena F 0
41 158 00.59.04 Conor  Finn M Charlestown
42 219 00.59.36 Mark Gallagher M Mayo
43 55 01.00.25 Iris McEnroe F50 Virginia
44 212 01.00.41 Martina Dever F50 Achill
45 62 01.01.10 Connie O Regan F40 Fahynore
46 218 01.01.20 Ann-Marie Keogh F Meath
47 114 01.02.00 Derek Butler M Blackrock Lodge
48 82 01.02.00 Paula Hawes F Lisdoonvarna
49 153 01.02.16 Michael O Rourke M Drumsna
50 102 01.02.36 Ciara Walsh FJ Hollymount
51 117 01.02.38 Brendan  Walsh M40 Hollymount
52 88 01.03.18 Andrea Johnston F40 Winterton
53 54 01.03.22 Cliona Finn F Mayo
54 165 01.33.37 Dervla Keena F 0
55 220 01.04.09 Dan Byrne M 0
56 77 01.04.16 Conor  Murphy M40 Grange Rath
57 79 01.04.16 Martin Dirrane M40 An Spideal
58 144 01.04.30 Hilary  Kiely F40 The Quay
59 123 01.04.31 Jean Halnon F40 Westport
60 67 01.04.44 Yvonne Syron F Castlebar
61 192 01.04.49 Henry Byrne M40 Run Kinvara
62 193 01.04.56 Iris Odermatt F40 Run Kinvara
63 107 01.05.02 Ronan Concannon M Castlebar
64 136 01.05.27 Philip King M Castleknock
65 48 01.05.55 Margy Nulty F40 Virginia
66 124 01.06.00 Jeanette Gray F40 Westport
67 178 01.06.01 Padraig Rowan M Westport
68 199 01.06.36 Aoife O’Toole F Clare Island
69 56 01.07.38 Eimear  Griffin F Bealnamulla
70 162 01.07.42 Tommy Sheedy M60 Ennis
71 78 01.08.55 Deirdre Dirrane F An Spideal
72 46 01.09.00 Michael Leslie M Henley in Arden
73 232 01.09.55 Helen O Grady F Clare island
74 148 01.09.55 Michael Burns M60 Tuam
75 204 01.09.56 Patricia O’Grady F40 Westport
76 231 01.10.39 Michelle Burns F Clare Island
77 200 01.10.54 Brid Gillespie FJ Clare Island
78 116 01.11.13 Gerard Mahony M60 Loughrea
79 159 01.11.39 Geraldine Finn F50 Charlestown
80 221 01.11.40 Niamh O Grady F Mayo
81 222 01.11.40 Siobhan O Donnell F Sligo
82 201 01.12.30 Margaret Ryan F50 CCW
83 49 01.15.45 Sarah Coyle F60 Newport
84 125 01.16.24 Thelma Rigney F Westport
85 112 01.19.24 Abbie  O Neill F Sutton
86 137 01.25.19 Nigel Hegarty M Enniscrone
87 50 01.25.24 Claire Martin F CCW
88 190 01.25.54 Kathleen  O’Toole F50 Clare Island
89 74 01.27.16 Bridget  Keaveney F Claremorris
90 68 01.27.19 Amanda Egan F Castlebar
91 171 01.27.21 Martin o’Donnell M60 Inismore
92 170 01.27.23 Rita McDonagh F50 0
93 143 01.28.00 Dylan Crean MJ Sligo
94 191 01.28.20 Eileen Coyle F50 Castlebar
95 179 01.28.22 John McGreal M60 Westport
96 166 01.28.46 Frances Gallagher F60 0
97 145 01.29.53 Eoin Kelly M Dublin
98 210 01.30.49 Niamh Mahony F Loughrea
99 168 01.31.07 Gerry King M50 0
100 80 01.31.36 Mary O Toole F Killadoon
101 100 01.31.37 Mary Gallagher F50 Killadoon
102 73 01.31.56 Angela Glynn F Mayo
103 175 01.31.57 Padraig Glynn M Castlebar
104 149 01.32.20 Noreen Burns F50 Tuam
105 75 01.32.58 Bernadette Laffey F50 Cross
106 128 01.38.03 Bridie McDonagh F Inverin
107 129 01.38.03 Micheal MacDonnacha M40 An Cheathru Rua
108 126 01.39.53 Aoife Glennon F Loughrea
109 127 01.39.53 Paddy Monahan M Ballingarry
110 169 01.40.16 Mairead King F60 0
111 167 01.40.16 Caroline Walsh F50 0
112 154 01.41.15 Fiona Monahan F Naval Rd
113 215 01.41.16 Mark Lynch M Meath
114 140 01.41.16 TJ Reynolds M60 Ballingarry
115 156 01.41.27 Brian Sheedy M60 Newmarket on Fergus
116 121 01.41.29 Michael  Griffin M60 Lahinch Road
117 147 01.41.46 Eugene Ryan M50 Boyle
118 213 01.42.09 Della Monahan F50 Ballygarry
119 141 01.42.10 Michael Hession M60 Ballingarry
120 51 01.42.23 Hazel Wade F40 Leenane
121 52 01.43.25 Carole Eyles F50 Roonith
122 139 01.43.26 Aine Hanrahan F Roscahill
123 146 01.43.48 Denise  King F50 Boyle
124 58 01.43.49 Vicky  Dey F Castlebar
125 60 01.44.48 Gerry Howley M50 Castlebar
126 96 01.44.49 Aine Ni Chualain F Shantalla
127 97 01.47.02 Geroldine Gannon F Tir An Fhia
128 211 01.47.06 Conor  Gillespie M Meath
129 229 01.47.07 Alice  Gavigan F50 Louisburgh
130 214 01.47.20 James Prendergast M50 Louisburgh
131 230 01.47.22 Anne Lyons F50 Inisturk
132 172 01.49.46 Eamonn McElroy M60 Newcastle
133 173 Anne McElroy F60 Newcastle
134 227 Brian O Grady M40 Clare Island
135 187 Jack Heanne M60 Inisturk
136 228 Tish Crowley F Clare Island
137 65 Catherine Small F50 Athlone
138 66 Agnes Hanley F50 Athlone
139 108 Laura Corcoran F Castlebar
140 109 Josephine Conway F40 Westport
141 217 Niamh  Keogh F Meath
142 216 Laura Gavigan F Claremount
143 115 Ethna Mahony F60 Loughrea
144 131 Mary McDonnell F60 Templeogue
145 155 Maude Mahony F50 Loughrea
146 188 Vincent Moylett M40 Foxford
147 181 Louise  Noble-Moore F40 Louisburgh
148 180 Gabrielle Noble F50 Brannockstown
149 142 Dorothy Crean F Sligo
150 138 Aishling  O Brien F  Enniscrone
151 202 Ann Gibbons F40 Westport
152 99 Norah Coyne F40 Rathbawn Road
153 103 Helen McCabe F40 Caherlistrane
154 203 Mary O’Malley F60 Westport
155 104 Sheelagh Duffy F40 Kilmaine
156 92 Grainne Walsh F40 Athenry
157 72 Rachel Lee F Rochestown Avenue
158 71 Marian Lee F60 Rochestown Avenue
159 133 Gerard Walsh M Castlebar
160 132 Aishling Corcoran F Castlebar
161 90 Carina Coyne F Clonbur
162 91 Kevin Kerrigan M40 Clonbur
163 98 Kathleen  Coyne F Rathbawn Road
164 161 Breege Syron F50 Castlebar
165 84 Alice  Gallagher F70 Enniscrone
166 85 Aidan Gallagher M80 Enniscrone
168 185 Michael John O’Toole M60 Inisturk

1st Prize – Finola Finn, Fairymount, Roscommon.
2nd Prize – Gary Fagan, Navan, Meath.
3rd Prize – Alan West, Clarecastle, Clare….
4th Prize – Teresa Corcoran, Loughrea, Galway.
5th Prize – Eunan Kelly, Lifford, Donegal.
6th Prize – Barbara Folan, Invern, Galway.

A big well done to all the winners :)

Thanks so much to each and everyone who supported our 2015 annual raffle including everyone who sponsored and donated the prizes. Your generosity and kindness is truly appreciated.

Our Annual Report for 2014 is now available online. Click on the link below to view full report.

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CCW 6 Bens A4On Saturday August 8th 2015 the Ballyconnelly fundraising group are organising a sponsored 12 Bens Challenge. The challenge is to climb 6 of the 12 Bens in one day. This year the group will climb the 6 Bens which make up the Derryclare Horseshoe. Located North East of Roundstone village, The Twelve Bens are a group of small mountains that are the dominant feature of the Connemara countryside. They are easily accessible from the N59 or from the villages of Letterfrack or Recess. While they are not particularly high, 730 metres being the highest peak, they provide excellent walking and climbing opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast. They are very safe and you do not have to be an experienced climber to enjoy the wonderful scenery that you will be rewarded with. As with all hill walking, it is recommended to take precautions with safety and respect the lands upon which you are travelling through.

To register for this event and receive a sponsorship card please contact Dominic Lynch on 087-0554045

CCW Golf A3 poster.inddCharity Golf Classic AM AM

On the 5th June 2015- Cancer Care West will host their inaugural Charity Golf Classic AM AM at Galway Bay Golf Resort sponsored by Willis (Commercial Insurance Brokers)

The tournament will consist of 40 teams of 4. The entry fee for each team is €450 with a Shotgun start format at 1pm. Prior to this there will be refreshments available from 11am and registration will take place between 11am-12.30pm. John Kelleher of Willis commented ‘Willis (Commercial Insurance Brokers) are delighted to support the Cancer Care West Golf Classic on the 5th of June. We are delighted to be associated with such an important and meaningful Charity for the West of Ireland.’

This is a wonderful Championship Links Golf Course, a true gem that will test all aspects of any golfer’s performance. The tournament will be followed by a 4 course meal in the newly renovated clubhouse that offers beautiful panoramic views of Galway Bay.

The tournament will feature an exciting prize presentation in the evening. Prizes will include:

1st 4 Ball in Ballyliffin Golf Club, 4 Ball Portstewart Golf Club with an overnight in the 4 star Ballyliffin Lodge Hotel

2nd 4 Ball Murvagh Golf Club, 4 Ball Strandhill Golf Club with an overnight in the Millpark Hotel

3rd 4 Ball Westport Golf Club, 4 Ball Carne Golf Club with an overnight in the 4 Star Mc William Bay Hotel

4th 4 Ball Westport Golf Club, 4 Ball Ballinrobe Golf Club with an overnight in the 4 Star Broadhaven Bay Hotel

Plus many more.

All proceeds raised through the event will go to Cancer Care West, who is dedicated to providing support to anyone affected by a cancer diagnosis over the West of Ireland including counties, Clare, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Tipperary, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo. All of Cancer Care West’s services are provided at no cost to patients and their families and the charity relies heavily on fundraising and donations to meet the cost of these services.

If Friday 5th does not suit we have a number of slots also available on Thursday 4th June. Further information is available from David at Cancer Care West- david.odonnell@cancercarewest.ie  or by phoning 091 545000

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Pictured at the launch of the Cancer Care West, Charity Golf Classic AM AM sponsored by Willis Insurance. Left to right John Kelleher, Brenda Devenish, John Golden, Susan English (All Willis Insurance) and Richie Flaherty (CEO Cancer Care West)

DSC_0356Clare Island 10K achieves 4 in a row! 

The fourth annual Clare Island 10K in aid of Cancer Care West took place last Saturday, with over 200 runners and walkers travelling to the island to take part in what has to be one of Ireland’s most scenic and welcoming 10K events.   Amidst glorious sunshine which helped to create the holiday atmosphere, the day started with a children’s 1K race and was followed by the picturesque and hilly 10K event which attracted a good mix of runners, joggers and walkers.

Eamon Staunton took first place with a new course record of 36.37.  The second male home was Mark Reynolds in a time of 39.36 with Ivo Georgiev taking third in 41.17.  The first lady home was Fiona Kelly with a winning time of 49.24, Fiona was closely followed by Cliona McHugh in 51.16 and Emily Cullen with a time of 53.37.

The organisers were delighted with the turnout and support for the event.  Speaking on behalf of the voluntary organising committee, Donal O Shea, said “I would like to thank everyone who helped to make the Clare Island 10k such a wonderful event – from the walkers and runners who came to Clare Island for the day, to the event sponsors – The Castlecourt Hotel, OK Trophies Castlebar, Mayo County Council and Supervalu Westport.  Huge credit goes to the people of Clare Island for the outstanding welcome and hospitality they extend to all participants on the day.  I’m confident there isn’t a comparable 10K run/walk like it in Ireland!”

Donations are still coming in but it looks like this year’s funds will bring the total raised from the Clare Island 10K during the past 4 years to over €34,000.  All the funds are donated to Cancer Care West and the funding and development of their residential and cancer support services which are provided to cancer patients and their families from all over the west of Ireland at no charge.

Watch out for the 5th annual Clare Island 10K in April 2016 – hope to see you there!

Position Race Number Time Name
1 310 36.37 Eamonn Staunton
2 265 39.36 Mark Reynolds
3 190 41.17 Ivo Georgiev
4 263 43.20 Frank Reape
5 259 44.00 Michael O Malley
6 334 44.55 Dylan Pinder
7 278 45.46 Connell Ward
8 294 48.20 Isaac O Grady
9 166 48.21 Padraig Casey
10 249 48.52 Padraig Murphy
11 256 49.09 Martin  O Donnell
12 211 49.24 Fiona Kelly
13 161 50.48 James Byrne
14 238 51.15 Cliona McHugh
15 187 51.16 Ross  Gannon
16 272 51.21 Ray  Staunton
17 244 52.24 Peter  Molloy
18 237 52.33 Raymond McHugh
19 306 53.09 Joe  McGovern
20 195 53.35 Marcus Guckian
21 170 53.37 Emily  Cullen
22 279 54.36 Cliona Ward
23 168 54.44 Enda Cosgrave
24 163 54.56 Joanne Carolan
25 326 55.03 Morgan Pinder
26 198 55.09 John  Hastings
27 180 55.11 Breda Duffy
28 262 55.52 Helen O’Grady
29 332 55.55 Theo Cullen Mouze
30 167 56.12 Liz Clarke
31 164 56.30 Annmarie Carolan
32 178 56.32 Rosemary  Duffy
33 260 57.29 Michael O Rourke
34 307 57.35 Stephen Doherty
35 197 58.12 Donal  Harney
36 277 58.21 Yvonne Ward
37 210 58.38 Paul  Kelly
38 199 58.46 Noreen Hastings
39 160 58.54 Derek Butler
40 200 58.55 Paula Hawes
41 248 59.10 Charlene Morrison
42 173 59.25 Martina Dever
43 322 60.21 Kate Gavin
44 204 60.57 Majella Hughes
45 157 61.07 Claire Burns
46 172 61.23 Una  Daly
47 253 61.24 Etain Ni Thuairisg
48 207 61.45 Andrea  Johnston
49 290 61.51 Eimear Kelly
50 233 62.22 Fiona McHale
51 234 62.22 Mary  McHale
52 254 63.29 Roisin Ni Thuairisg
53 202 64.06 Ruth Hoban
54 213 64.07 Liam Kidney
55 323 64.23 Noel Clarke
56 250 64.30 Laura Murphy
57 291 65.37 Arlene Regan
58 327 65.46 Jasmin Priegelmeir
59 169 65.51 Tia Crowley
60 264 65.52 Connie Regan
61 246 65.53 Maeve Moran
62 203 66.02 Rita Hourigan
63 169 66.40 Tia Crowley
64 232 66.41 Monica McElhinney
65 218 66.43 Maria Loftus
66 333 66.51 Ciara Cullen
67 221 67.52 Katie  Lynskey
68 235 68.02 Maureen McHugh
69 240 68.05 Claire McLoughlin
70 228 68.42 Caroline Mannion
71 280 69.13 Annette  Duffy
72 236 70.00 Conor McHugh
73 269 70.04 Tommy Sheedy
74 241 71.06 Orlaith McLoughlin
75 225 73.01 Gerard Mahony
76 159 74.26 Michael Burns
77 299 76.02 Cyril Scahill
78 165 76.20 Valerie Casey
79 155 79.07 Theresa  Breslin
80 247 79.08 David Morley
81 271 81.57 Josephine Smart
82 313 82.32 Michelle Burns
83 336 82.33 Louise  O Leary
84 337 82.34 Tracy O Leary
85 293 83.02 Patrick O Brien
86 257 83.04 Michelle O Mahoney
87 314 84.41 Margaret O Grady
88 331 84.42 Austin Burns
89 153 84.52 Theresa  Beirne
90 154 84.53 Kevin  Beirne
91 289 84.57 Barbara White
92 292 85.46 Linda Barrett
93 324 86.14 Brian  O Grady
94 325 86.15 Tish Crowley
95 216 86.52 Claire Larkin
96 230 86.53 Claire McDermott
97 329 89.05 Eileen Coyle
98 328 89.06 Kathleen O Toole
99 215 90.21 Bernadette Laffey
100 158 91.05 Noreen  Burns
101 217 91.46 Ronan Leonard
102 184 91.47 Helen Flaherty
103 177 91.58 Aoife  Doyle
104 229 91.59 Laura McDermott
105 209 92.35 Vicki Jordan
106 224 95.06 Rachel Mahoney
107 174 97.01 Vicky Dey
108 311 97.02 Bernie Bradshaw
109 335 97.42 Maude Cullen Mouze
110 330 97.45 Mary Keane
111 184 98.51 Helen Flaherty
112 208 98.52 Mary  Jones
113 193 98.53 Michael Griffin
114 281 98.54 Brian  Sheedy
115 317 98.56 Patricia Cox
116 156 98.57 Sheelyn Browne
117 284 102.33 Una  Cullen
118 285 102.37 Jackie Murray
119 220 102.52 Patrick Loughran
120 219 102.53 Anna Loughran
121 286 103.19 Michael Hastings
122 303 103.47 Marian Keogh
123 302 103.49 Anne   Lyne
124 298 104.39 Allice Gavigan
125 320 104.40 Pat Prendergast
126 268 105.27 Eugene Ryan
127 222 106.01 Antoinette Lyttle
128 214 106.03 Noreen Kinahan
129 316 106.17 Jackie Heanue
130 179 107.03 Sean  Duffy
131 107.09 Not Defined
132 266 107.17 TJ  Reynolds
133 201 107.18 Michael  Hession
134 309 107.20 Grainne O Reilly
135 308 107.22 Nicola McMahon
136 227 107.30 Maude Mahony
137 242 107.31 Della Minahan
138 267 108.20 Doris Reynolds
139 252 108.21 Rose  Nevin
140 231 108.23 Mary  McDonnell
141 243 108.40 Fiona Mjonahan
142 312 108.42 Fergal Nevin
143 261 109.10 Mary  O Toole
144 181 109.11 Carole Eyles
145 152 109.13 Marian Beatty
146 274 109.16 Hazel Wade
147 212 109.36 Mona  Kelly
148 223 109.37 Mary  Lyttle
149 226 110.05 Ethna  Mahony
150 296 110.07 Mary McGovern
151 300 110.49 Alan Smyth
152 301 110.51 Amy  Prendergast
153 318 111.36 Alice Gallagher
154 186 111.37 Aidan Gallagher
155 287 113.37 Ann   O Kelly
156 276 113.43 Patsy Walsh
157 275 113.49 Margaret Walsh
158 154 115.35 Kevin  Beirne
159 305 118.52 James Prendergast
160 304 118.56 Deirdre Prendergast
161 288 121.19 Breege  Heraty
162 205 122.56 Peter  Hynes
163 206 122.57 Catherine  Hynes
164 191 124.19 Barry Gibbons
165 273 124.21 Paul Timlin
166 251 124.57 Laurena Murphy
167 162 124.58 Eimile  Byrne
168 282 126.13 James Elleffe
169 283 126.23 Mary Elleffe

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A huge thank you to everyone bought tickets or sold tickets for the 2014 Cancer Care West Annual Raffle, It was a huge success raising near €25,000 for our charity. The winners of the prizes are as follows:

1st Prize: James Doherty-Ballybofey Donegal
2nd Prize: David Gibson-Ballina Mayo
3rd Prize: Oliver Friel-Ramelton Donegal
4th Prize:Patrick Nagle-Boyle Roscommon
5th Prize: Margaret Quinn-Lifford Donegal
6th Prize:Sean McDonagh-Tubbercurry

Congratulations guys!

Our Annual Report for 2013 is now available online. Click on the link below to view full report.

Cancer Care West Annual Report 2013

1601490_10152418951106857_8750653798437119628_nFollowing on from the previous articles and honouring the wonderful fundraising work being carried out in Donegal, last weekend was no different.

A few of us from Inis Aoibhinn took to the roads and made our way to Ballyliffen Co Donegal for a charity dance and music night hosted by Alfie McGovern, Liam McLaughlin and Hugh Duffy.

With 600 tickets sold and 400 patients, ex-patients, family and friends in attendance, the night was an inspiring success, enjoyed by everybody. There was merry singing and dancing until the early hours of the morning.

Everyone at Cancer Care West would like to thank Alfie, Liam, Hugh and everyone involved on the night for the hard work and dedication for the cause. We greatly appreciate you efforts and kindness. Hope to see you all soon.

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DSC_0154In honour of the late Liam Walsh, the “Liam Walsh Golf Classics” was founded in 2000. The Golf Classics is held every year in June, at the Westport Golf Club and is continuously the best supported golf classic in the county, if not the province.

The hardworking committee have raised, just short of €300,000 in the past fourteen years. This money has been distributed to local cancer support based charities i.e.

-The Mayo Roscommon Hospice

-Mayo Cancer Support Association

-Cancer Care West

Richard Flaherty, CEO of Cancer Care West said: “ We are so thrilled with the ongoing support from the Liam Walsh Golf Classic. Thanks to everyone involved for their hard work and commitment. We hope to see you all again next year.”

Pictured are, Sean Walsh presenting a cheque for €4,000 to Richard Flaherty (CEO of Cancer Care West).

10687149_865347840151772_3460442935640778141_nThis year, there have been so many wonderful events organised for us by ex-residents and we are looking forward to a few more before the year is out. On the 12th of October, Alfie McGovern, a recent ex-resident of ours got together with his work colleagues, family and friends to organise a 50/25km cycle and 5km walk around Dunree Fort in Co Donegal.

The event turned out to be a huge success, with 76 cyclists and 98 walkers taking part. €6,000 was raised and Alfie and the crew hope to make it a yearly event.

Following on from the cycle, Alfie, his cousin Liam (who stayed in Inis Aoibhinn at the same time as him), together with a couple of other ex-residents from Donegal are organising a dance/music night in the Strand Hotel, Ballyliffen on the 15th of November. They welcome everyone to join in on the fun and if you require tickets, you can contact Alfie McGovern on 0879472122 or Rachel on 091 545000

Cancer Care West would like to thank Alfie, the cyclists, the walkers, volunteers, sponsors, and everyone who is involved with the upcoming dance/music night. Your support and generosity is cherished and appreciated.

DSCF0078On the 9th of August last the Weight Watchers Connaught team shone brightly on stage in the Loughrea Hotel, as they danced to their hearts content for Cancer Care West. Twelve couples took to the stage and strutted their stuff infront of a tough but fair panel of judges, who had the prime job of selecting five finalists and the winning couple of the night.

The competition was a huge success and five couples were selected on the night to go through to the finals of the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ event in Croke Park on the 13th of September. On this night, all the provincial winners competed with the hope of being crowned national champions and all monies raised on this night were donated to the Hope Foundation.

The Connaught Weight Watchers team raised €17,000 for Cancer Care West by hosting ‘Strictly Cancer Care West’ and from their climb up Croagh Patrick.

Richard Flaherty, CEO of Cancer Care West said: “We are so grateful for the time and effort that everyone involved had given. The money raised through this event, will go a long way in supporting Cancer patients throughout the West of Ireland. I would like to extend my congratulations to all the finalists.” 

Cancer Care West would like to sincerely thank Marie Quinn, the dancers and her team of organisers for their hard work and dedication with this fundraiser. Your generosity and support is cherished and appreciated.

DSC_0023Thanks to everyone who participated, volunteered and provided supplies for last Saturdays 10km on Inis Mor. It was a great day, beautiful weather with a lovely local atmosphere.

Hope to see you all again next year.

The results were as follow:

Mens
1st Rihcard Kungs
2nd Paul Fallon
3rd Darragh Ruane

Womens
1st Anna Marie Faherty
2ND Claire Gillespie
3rd Dolores Collins

Under 16 Boys
1st Brian McDonagh

Under 16 Girls
1st Aoife Guildea
2nd Aisling Mullen Aine Guildea
3rd Ciara Gill

Over 40’s
1st Fionnuala Flaherty

Over 50’s
1st Tereasa Donoghue

Over 60’s
1st John O’Toole

PICT0451110 of Brigid’s friends took part in the West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon in Castlebar on Sunday May 4th in aid of Cancer Care West. Thanks to all participants, to Ultra Fit Studios Castlebar for providing the free training, to Martin in Ballyvary P.O.for collecting the returned funds and to Swinford AC for donating the proceeds of their 5Km event in Straide.

A golf classic was held in Balla Golf club on 16th August. Thanks to Julie Loftus for her help in co-ordinating the day, to Chris Mannion for hosting the presentation of the prizes, the raffle and the music.

A special word of thanks to our sponsors – Connaght Gold, Cherry Blossom, Butlers Foods, Just Baked, O’Haras of Foxford, Claddagh Water and Pat the Baker.  As a result of their generous sponsorship, we were able to provide a sumptuous feast to all on the day.

People and businesses in the local area were exceptionally generous to the cause.

How fitting it was that on Brigids birthday, we presented a cheque for €32,000 to Cancer Care West.

hughAugust just passed saw a great month of fundraising for Cancer Care West.  We would like to specifically thank our ex-resident Hugh Logue of Gortnaraw, Kerrykeel, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, who raised a whopping €9,117.00 for the Lodge.

Hugh, along with his family organised a ‘Sheep Auction Night’ in his local pub. Kindly, eight farmers in his local area donated eight sheep and they were then actioned off, which resulted in €9,117.00 being raised for Cancer Care West.

Hugh was a wonderful resident. He left an impact on both his fellow residents and all the staff in the Lodge. Everyone at Cancer Care West would like to thank Hugh, his family and everyone involved in organising this event.  Your generosity and support is forever appreciated.