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


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-  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:

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

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.