THE Friends of Killian, a committee formed to help raise much needed funds for Killian Spain who is a 5 year old boy from the parish of Eglish/Drumcullen suffering from a rare medical condition, raised €55,000 recently.
Killian was born with posterior urethral valves which affected his bladder and kidneys function. He underwent surgery when he was five days old in Crumlin Children’s Hospital in Dublin and has had several major surgeries since then.
He was referred from Crumlin in March 2011 to a specialist in London for treatment and has been attending since.
The committee organised a door to door campaign with twenty prizes to be won. The main prize was a 1980 International 444 Vintage Tractor which was won by Paul Harte Broughal, Kilcormac.
The committee would like to extend their sincere thanks to all who bought tickets that contributed to the €55,000 be collected.
To all members of the public who sponsored prizes for the draw, to the Hall committee for organising refreshments on the day of the draw, to the Old Time Vintage Club for organising a tractor run, to Kelly’s Pub Birr for organising a table quiz and to Drumcullen GAA for the use of their Club House for weekly meetings. Malcolm and Colleen Spain parents of Killian also would like to express their appreciation to all who contributed to the fund and a special word of thanks to Friends of Killian Committee.
1980 Tractor (Supplier Patsy Spain): Paul Harte, Broughal, Kilcormac.
Grennan Voucher €300 (John Grennan): Petrova Kennedy, Ericsson Athlone, Co Westmeath.
Tonne of Briquettes (Bord na Mona): Joe Hoctor, Cronkill, Carrig, Co Tipperary.
€250 Cash Prize (Local Business): Gerry Doolan, Boher, Ballycumber.
Voucher €200 (Grennan’s): Elaine Hynes, Mill Road, Fancort, Roscrea, Co Tipperary.
€150 Voucher (O’Meara Pharamcy): Harry Gunning, Shannonbridge.
Load of 804 (Smith’s): Ben Keady & Deborah Ewing, 8 Ashley Court, Tullamore.
Load of Timber (Tommy Leahy): Olive Hall, Sharavogue, Birr.
Load of Stone (Brendan Hynes): Sean Shanahan, 20 Cnoc Mhuire, Roscrea.
Electric Scooter (Paddy Keating): Olive Byrne, 5 Mill Street, Birr.
Mobile Phone (Toni Ryan): Laura Geraghty, 33 Whitehall, Tullamore.
€100 Voucher (Top Oil): Pat Dunphy, 12 The Crescent, Birr.
€100 Voucher (Top Oil): Tommy Gonoude, 20 Oaklee, Tullamore.
Signed Kilkenny Hurley (Luke Spain): Geraldine Morris, Anstee, Daingean Road, Tullamore.
Golf Voucher (Esker Hills): Billy Healy, Doon.
Case Overalls (CASE Tractors): Anjae Leavy, Leamore, Tullamore.
€50 Voucher (Flaherty Fuels): Tim Mannion, Ballinamona Glebe, Killyon, Birr.
€50 Cash (Ger Coughlan): Fergal Mahon, Slieve Bloom House, Clonalsee, Co Laois.
€30 Voucher (Declan Phelan Menswear Birr): Wayne Roche, 13 Dowsley’s Barn, New Ross, Wexford.
Hair Products (Local Business): Ann Bugler, The Pass, Kinnitty, Birr.