KINDNESS: John O’Neill and his extended family presented a cheque for €1,650 to Christy Lehane from the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

A kind-hearted family, who are coming to terms with losing a loved one, have donated €1,650 to charity Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

On Monday, April 22 at the Oaks Hotel Killarney, John O’Neill and his extended family presented the cheque to Christy Lehane from the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The money was donated in lieu of flowers at the funeral of John’s beloved wife Bridie, who passed away from Motor Neurone Disease on November 7, 2018.

“Bridie was a much loved wife, mother, grandmother, friend and neighbour and bore her suffering with great dignity and courage,” John said.

“The O’Neill family thank sincerely Katie Kinsella the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association Specialist Nurse for the care and attention to Bridie during her illness.”

They are also very grateful to the local medical professionals and backup services who were always there for Bridie and her family.

“Special mention has to be given to Bridie’s two great friends namely Margaret Hickey and Kathleen Kelleher for their support and kindness down through the years, but most especially during Bridie’s final illness.”

Finally, the O’Neill family want to thank all from Rathmore and the wider Sliabh Luachra area who supported them during this difficult time, and also for donating so generously to this presentation. On behalf of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association, Christy Lehane thanked John O’Neill and his family, and all those who contributed to this huge cheque presentation.

“This money will go towards funding a recently created fourth IMNDA Specialist Nurse to care for our Motor Neurone sufferers,” Christy said.

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