Jack Kavanagh’s quest to walk

You’re a 19 year old university student – a trained life guard and windsurfing instructor. You drive into a wave. Your head strikes a sandbank. Your body goes numb. You are paralysed from the neck down. Your name is Jack Kavanagh.

How cruel a twist of fate it was that a favourite pastime would change his life utterly? But Jack is not the type to give up. In his own words he said, “Every morning I wake up and I say to myself ‘yes or no’”. Jack’s answer is an emphatic ‘Yes’.

After months of gruelling physiotherapy, Jack learned to breathe on his own without a respirator. Next, he regained limited use of his arms and wrists. He even travelled to England and tried an experimental robotic suit to help him walk on his own. Finally, he has returned to his Pharmacy studies, staying in a specially adapted room. He has confounded his doctors with his progress to-date, but he doesn’t want to stop there. Jack is a fighter.

Jack requires round the clock care and assistance, as he is still paralysed from the chest down and he needs funds to continue his recovery. The robotic suit costs €100,000 and people everywhere are helping. Jack was a keen rugby player and the Irish squad have rowed in to help.  Jack was on hand at Dublin Airport to welcome home the 6 Nation’s Champions. You can help too by making a donation to the Jack Kavanagh Fund (details below).

Jack’s Cork roots run deep and Cork is now pitching in to help his recovery. His mum, Elmarie Kavanagh (nee Barry), is from Bishops Road in Cobh and Elmarie’s father was the first Manager of the Cork Savings Bank. Jack’s aunt, Grace Reidy (nee Barry), is heading to California to represent Ireland in the over 45’s tennis tournament and his grandmother, June Barry, represented Ireland in over 60’s tennis and is a past President of Fota Island Golf Club.

 The Jack Kavanagh Golf Classic will be held at Fota Island Golf Resort (Home to the 2014 Irish Open) on Friday, May 2nd. Entry Fee is €300 for a team of 3 and the golf will be followed by a Race Night in the Clubhouse for which sponsors are urgently required for Races (€200) – Owners, Trainers and Jockeys €25. A raffle featuring great prizes including an original painting by the renowned Cork artist, Philip Gray will also shortly be taking place.

Those who can’t make these events and wish to contribute, can send their donation to the Jack Kavanagh Fund, Bank of Ireland, Main Street, Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath

Account Number: 22317025   Sort Code: 903437 or visit www.jackkavanaghtrust.com

 For the Golf Time Sheet, contact Anne O’Hourihane (087-2353759) or Mary Daunt (087-2511124). For Tee Box or Green Sponsorship or for a Race Night donation, contact Tom Egan (087-2896738) or Keith O’Hourihane (087-9888934).

Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Free Seminar For Parents of Children with Special Needs next Wednesday

Being a parent of a child with special needs brings great joy, love and challenges. Unfortunately, many parents are not fully aware of the serious financial and legal implications for a son or daughter with special needs.

There is a fre information meeting addressing these challenges facing parents. The seminar is designed for parents whose child is under the age of 18 and is on Wednesday evening, January 22nd from 7:30 to 9:00 in the Silver Springs Hotel.

The “Special Needs Trust Planning Workshop” is being led by Allan Cuthbert, the founder of “Financial Wellbeing”, a company dedicated to assimilating all the difficult to find information on various special needs grants, tax, financial and legal implications into an easy to understand format.

The theme of the evening is the need to establish a Special Needs Trust to ensure that a child doesn’t lose their entitlements and can maintain their quality of life after their parents have passed away.

It will also detail rarely claimed entitlements and tax credits. Allan will present information on special needs Wills and how to choose the right Guardians and Trustees. He will also explain the need to write a “Letter of Wishes.”


The key focus of the evening will be the importance of establishing a Trust for a special needs child and how to fund the Trust from entitlements.

Allan has a niece with Down syndrome and it shocked him how hard it was for parents to access information that is vital for the wellbeing of their child. “I decided that I wanted to make a difference and so I set up Financial Wellbeing in 2008. I have dedicated myself to helping ensure a better quality of life for children with special needs and their families.”

Allan is a regular radio presenter on financial issues regarding disability. He writes for 38 different charities, parents association and organisations. In the last 6-months he has also given over 20 presentations on Special Needs Trust Planning to various charities around Ireland.

Spaces are limited and pre-booking is essential. Call Dolores on 021 482 3635 or email dolores@financialwellbeing.ie to secure your place. Check www.financialwellbeing.ie for more information.

Surviving Christmas with Alcohol & Substance Misuse in the Family

Tabor Lodge announce details of their programme to help families cope over Christmas

Nobody wants to be the cause of spoiling Christmas, but it can be a time of upset and unhappiness for families who are affected by the alcohol and substance misuse of a family member.

La Verna Hall in Grattan Street Tabor Lodge will host a series of Drop-in and Information Evenings to give families an opportunity to think out how they would like Christmas to be and help avert trouble. Some simple guidance will be presented that can go a long way in improving the experience of the festive season for all concerned. All are welcome to the sessions which are scheduled for successive Fridays on December 6th, 13th and 20th from 7.00 pm to 8.30 pm.

Kathleen Greaney, Tabor Lodge’s Family Counsellor, will lead these sessions, “These meetings will help families explore their options. In the days leading up to Christmas, it may be possible for a family to agree a plan about consumption of alcohol, not attending events if under the influence, making sure alcohol free drinks are available and so on.. An open respectful approach that calls a spade a spade can meet with goodwill and cooperation. A family may feel helpless to intervene, but if handled firmly and sensitively, a successful result can be achieved.”

Mick Devine is the Clinical Director of Tabor Lodge Addiction and Housing Services. He noted that families face into Christmas with some trepidation if a family member is prone to alcohol or substance misuse. They know from bitter experience that Christmas is far from a time of peace and goodwill to all. It is rather a time of upset and unhappiness as alcohol misuse spirals out of control. Mick pointed out, “Families are caught in a bind. They want to include all family members in the celebrations but they dread the prospect of a drunken scene that leads to upset for all, especially children. This can lead to tension and division between family members. But there need not be tears and frustration. The occasion need not be marred. I urge families to come to our sessions and transform this Christmas for the better.”

Surviving Christmas with alcohol abuse in the family
Mick Devine and Kathleen Greaney announcing details of the Tabor Lodge programme

Tabor Lodge Addiction and Housing Services Limited has provided treatment for those affected by alcohol and drug misuse as well as gambling and eating disorder in Cork since 1989. Services are also provided for families. Contact 021 4887110 or www.taborlodge.ie. Contact Mick Devine on 086 23 11 469 with further queries.

Searching for the past in Cobh

Anyone know about Charleston House in Cobh?

I recently received an email from David Dunn, who lives in the UK. He is researching his family, who lived at Queenstown and Passage West in the period between 1845 and 1922.They lived for a number of years at Carrignafoy. If anyone can shed some light on this it would be great!

This is what David had to say:

“The story in my family history is that in the period from 1903 until around 1910, they may have lived in a gate lodge which was part of Charleston House. My current research shows a Census return for 1911, with Charleston House listed along with Wilmount, Easthill House, Brien(?) House, Seaview House, and Mount Crozier – which suggests to me that all these properties were pretty close together.

I have also recently found a Streetview image of what appears to be the Charleston Gate Lodge, situated in Carrignafoy Avenue, but I cannot find any information regarding Charleston House, other than some references in Guy’s Postal Directories, for some people who once lived there. I am assuming that Charleston House must have been demolished at some time, or possibly had a change of name. I think that it may have been situated in the area of Carrignafoy that has recently undergone major redevelopment.

 My ‘wider’ Irish family includes McSweeny’s, Mannix’s, McCarthy’s, and O’Sullivans – many of whom lived fairly close to the area I am trying to pinpoint, at The Mall, down at the waterfront. My grandmother, Maryanne Mannix lived at a pub in The Mall, and had an interest (with the McCarthy’s and the Sullivan’s) in a haberdashery and lace shop opposite the current Tourist Information building at Westbourne Place. The shop is still there, on the left side of a double fronted entrance, with apartments above. Maryanne Married Henry Dunne, a shipwright who worked at Rushbrooke, Haulbowline and Queen Victoria yards.

It would be really nice to be able to find out more about Charleston House and the gate lodge, because it forms an important part of my family history.

 When I visited Cobh with my wife many years ago, I went to the ‘Holy Ground’ area, where I met a very nice man by the name of Willy Carr, who had a shop in a part of his house in The Mall. He recalled that the Mannix sisters once lived a few houses along from him. I notice on Streetview, that Willy Carr’s shop still appears to be there, althhough I have also read the sad news that he had to give up his business, because of a violant robbery (again) a short time ago.

My ‘wider’ Irish family includes McSweeny’s, Mannix’s, McCarthy’s, and O’Sullivans – many of whom lived fairly close to the area I am trying to pinpoint, at The Mall, down at the waterfront. My grandmother, Maryanne Mannix lived at a pub in The Mall, and had an interest (with the McCarthy’s and the Sullivan’s) in a haberdashery and lace shop opposite the current Tourist Information building at Westbourne Place. The shop is still there, on the left side of a double fronted entrance, with apartments above. Maryanne Married Henry Dunne, a shipwright who worked at Rushbrooke, Haulbowline and Queen Victoria yards. 

It would be really nice to be able to find out more about Charleston House and the gate lodge, because it forms an important part of my family history.

 When I visited Cobh with my wife many years ago, I went to the ‘Holy Ground’ area, where I met a very nice man by the name of Willy Carr, who had a shop in a part of his house in The Mall. He recalled that the Mannix sisters once lived a few houses along from him. I notice on Streetview, that Willy Carr’s shop still appears to be there, although I have also read the sad news that he had to give up his business, because of a violent robbery (again) a short  time ago.”

More recently David wrote:

“I have just found Crozier House on Google Earth – and Charleston Lodge and Seaview House on Google Maps. The latter two are next to each other, and Charleston Lodge is on a bend in the road on Carrignafoy Avenue (grid 51 51 16 32N   and 8 17 16 05W.”

I have just found a set of maps that show Charleston House and Gate Lodge – both are old Ordnance Survey maps, 6″ and 25″.

On the 25″ map Charleston is shown immediately next to Willmount Castle (old spelling), and the Gate Lodge is clearly shown in the same place as current day. On the 6″ map, there is no reference to Charleston, but the Gate Lodge is there! My deduction is that the Gate Lodge was part of another large house in that area, before Charleston was built – and that the Gate Lodge was retained after the former house was demolished or destroyed, to be used for the new owners???

Both of maps have modern ‘overlays’ that, when synchronised with the original maps, clearly define exactly where the buildings/roads are located. These show the precise location of Charleston House and Gate Lodge. Having said all this, there does not appear to be any detailed reference to Charleston House in any pages that have come up on Google etc.

Please let me know if you have any information on this.


Walk on Fire for Special Olympics Munster

Help spread the word for Special Olympics, Munster!

“Walk on Fire for Special Olympics Munster” 

Special Olympic Munster are delighted to announce that they have teamed up with Juliet Murphy Health & Fitness, Ballincollig to organise a Firewalk in aid of the Special Olympics. The event which will take place on Thursday the 12th of December promises to be an exciting challenge for all participants. €25 registration fee & €125 minimum sponsorship.

The event will include a motivational training seminar where you learn to break through your own limitations and overcome your fears. At the end of the seminar the participants walk bare foot across 20 feet of wood embers burning at 800 degrees! Fire Walking is definitely one of the most powerful metaphors for individuals and teams that demonstrates how to achieve the impossible in life and business, to be the very best in your field, and how to never miss another opportunity.

As part of the “unlocking your potential” seminar you will learn; how to tune into the real potential that exists within you, a  step-by-step program for changing belief patterns and amazing techniques for putting your life into overdrive. This is a fantastic opportunity for business people, sports stars and all those that feel like something is holding them back to overcome their fears and allow them to break down barriers while raising vital funds.

“The core government funding to Special Olympics in the Republic of Ireland has been significantly reduced between 2008 – 2012 (59%).  This is funding that we rely on to run the organisation and to maintain the standards of service that we are currently providing. Without the support of people like Juliet and those that undertake fundraising events with us we would not be able to provide on-going sports and competition to 2,400 athletes in the Munster region.

In Cork there are 1,000 athletes currently participating in twelve sports in 22 clubs throughout the city and county.

For more information or for your registration form please contact Siobhan on 021 4977192 or email Siobhan.nolan@specialolympics.ie



75th Anniversary of the handover of Spike Island

Irish History recalled


The 75th anniversary of the Handover of the Treaty Forts

On the 11 July 1938 the British government returned the Treaty Ports to the Irish State. Tomorrow, the 11th July 2013,  a unique event will take place on Spike Island to recall this historic occasion.

Spike Island Treaty Handover Anniversary
Spike Island

Visitors and guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a 45 minute free guided tour of the island prior to the official ceremonies,  arranged by the Titanic Trail. They will also have the opportunity to stroll around the fort and on  the recently opened scenic Glacis Walk.

An Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny, T.D, will be visiting Spike Island  island and is scheduled to arrive a 12.10. The County Mayor, County Manager and Executive Officer, 1st Brigade will welcome An Taoiseach and they will proceed  to Mitchel Fort.

The ceremony will initially involve  an inspection of the  Guard of Honour, an official welcome, public address and the unveiling of a plaque. This will be followed by  the firing of a 25 pound gun on Fort Davis (Carlisle) followed by the raising of the National Colours, a minute’s silence and the firing of another round. A similar procedure will take place in Fort Meagher (Camden) and on the promenade in Cobh Cobh. Finally, the National Colours will be raised over Spike Island  as the national anthem is played in concurrence with a  21 gun salute from Fort Mitchel (Spike Island).
Following the official ceremonies, there will be a public consultation in Mitchel Hall, titled: ‘Historical Perspectives on the Handover of the “Treaty Forts”.  This will be facilitated by Myles Dungan and introduced by Virginia Teehan of UCC.

Tabor Lodge announces major development for addiction treatment in Cork

Addiction Treatment in Cork

One of Ireland’s foremost addiction treatment centres, Tabor Lodge in Cork, is about to enter an exciting new phase in its development with the announcement of the provision of 21 new residential in its Fellowship House facility.

At a civic reception yesterday evening at City Hall attended by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. John Buttimer,    Pat Coughlan, Chairman of the Board of Directors, unveiled the Tabor Lodge 2012 Annual Report and development plans for the future. He remarked, “I am absolutely delighted to report that in 2012, the Minister for Housing and Planning announced the green light for the provision of 21 new Units as part of the redevelopment of our Fellowship House facility at Spur Hill, Togher.  This is the second largest construction project in the €100 million scheme to provide 800 new social and voluntary housing.”

Tabor Lodge Addiction and Housing Services offers hope, healing and recovery to addicted people and their families through an integrated and caring service. “At Tabor Lodge, we recognise that addiction is a chronic, progressive primary disease that cannot be cured, but those who suffer can be helped by abstinence and lifestyle changes,” noted Tabor Lodge’s Clinical Director, Mick Devine. “We believe that people who suffer from addiction are entitled to dignity and respect and that each person has the resources for recovery. The majority of clients are referred because of alcohol abuse and drugs use. However, other referrals include eating disorders, gambling and spending.”

Tabor Lodge addiction treatment

Finbarr Cassidy, Fellowship House, Eileen Crosbie, Renewal, Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. John Buttimer, Pat Coughlan, Chairman, Tabor Lodge, and Aileen ÕNeill, General Manager, Tabor Lodge, pictured at the launch of the Tabor Lodge 2012 Annual Report at City Hall in Cork yesterday

Tabor Lodge Addiction and Housing Services comprises of 3 separate entities. There is Tabor Lodge, the Renewal Woman’s Residence and the Fellowship House Men’s Residence. Tabor Lodge, itself, is a residential unit, located near Kinsale, where clients spend 28 days in treatment.  Tabor’s Renewal Woman’s Residence enters its 14th year, and still remains the only residential extended treatment centre in Ireland for women in early recovery from addiction. Following the 12 week programme, clients from Renewal have the opportunity to move to Sober House for a further period of up to 3 months. A similar 12 week Residential Secondary Treatment Programme for men in recovery is offered at Fellowship House in Togher.

Onward referral is to a Continuing Care Programme, headed by Mary Carroll, which may include a residential secondary treatment programme. Kathleen Greaney is the coordinator for the Family Programme, which helps loved ones deal with the stress of dealing with an addicted family member.

In these difficult financial times, there is a pressure on resources. Aileen O’Neill, General Manager noted, “A dramatic change that we faced this year was the non-approval by the Department of Social Protection of a payment for individual clients in extended treatment. We continue to lobby with local politicians and the HSE to have this funding reinstated – so that the most vulnerable in our society can access services they need.”

The report was welcomed by all in attendance at the launch as a major step forward for the future of addiction treatment in Cork. “We have a fantastic team working with us at Tabor Lodge,” commented Pat Coughlan. “The dedication of our staff is amazing and the success rate of the services they provide reflects their commitment to improving the lives of many, many people.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank our team most sincerely for all the wonderful work they do – always undertaken with kindness and a sincere understanding  of client’s needs”.

And do the various treatment regimes work? It is the responsibility of Mick Devine to establish the evidence base for the success of their treatment approach. “I have supervised a research proposal which will gather valuable data in partnership with the Department of Public Health in UCC. All indications to-date confirm the value of our various programmes.”

But it is the clients, themselves, who speak most powerfully for the success of the Tabor Lodge regime, “My life was miserable. I was miserable and tormented. Though the treatment and mixing and living in the House, I’ve got a new outlook, self-respect and esteem. I care deeply for my family, they can trust me. Life is worth living and I have hopes and dreams.” Ag 38.

Quality Hotel Youghal in Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice® awards 2013

The beach by Quality Hotel in Youghal

Ireland’s Top 10 Hotels for Families

Quality Hotel & Leisure Centre, Youghal, have been nominated number 4 in Ireland’s Top 10 Hotels for Families in Trip Advisor recent Travellers’ Choice Awards 2013.

The Hotel is legendary for its family friendly ethos with on-going activities and fun that keep the kids entertained for hours on end – allowing parents to really enjoy their stay in this beautiful location on Redbarn Beach.

General Manager of the Quality Hotel in Youghal, Allen McEnery, was thrilled with the news. “Our staff are really dedicated to ensuring that guests have a great time on their visit to Quality Hotel, Youghal,” noted Allen. “This comes to the fore on Trip Advisor where you will find comments such as, ‘staff could not have been nicer’, ‘Very friendly staff in the hotel’and‘The Staff were very competent and friendly’. This proves the point and adds to the distinction of the hotel.”

Going forward, plans are already in place to ensure that guests this summer will have a wonderful time with many special deals available online. In addition to the hotel, there are apartment suites and holiday homes on offer – so there is a choice for everyone. The complex has many features and all guests have complimentary use of the swimming pool. A highlight for family entertainment is the Kids Camp and activities include swimming games, arts and crafts, tag rugby, soccer, hockey, mini Olympics and a movie cinema with screenings every day – and naturally lots of great beach activities right outside the door!

Other comments on Trip Advisor sum up this great holiday destination, “Location wonderful, apartments heaven and kids didn’t want to leave!” “Relaxation at its very best, I loved and savoured every moment!” “Quality Hotel = Quality Family Time”.

To find out more about Quality Hotel in Youghal, visit www.qualityyoughal.com

The beach by Quality Hotel in  Youghal
Redbarn Beach – out side the door of Quality Hotel in Youghal


Spike Island makes a new Australian connection

A simple post on Spike Island  in 2011 has uncovered the  interesting story about one John Tweedy.

In January, I was contacted by Narelle Bartlett who lives in Australia and had come across my post on Spike Island. Narelle told me that her  2 x great grandfather, William John Tweedy, was imprisoned on Spike Island before being transported to Australia on the Havering in 1847. She said, “I enjoy reading anything I can to give me a little insight to his life. Thanks for these great pictures….looks like it was very cold and damp”.

I checked online and we communicated further. John was only 17 when he was transported, so it was in 1849, not 1847, that he left.  I asked Narelle if she could send me the full story and she agreed, noting that, “It has been quite difficult to get information from the Irish records as so much has been destroyed.  I have never been able to find Williams parents or any siblings.” However, she did discover quite a lot through the prison records that she was able to acquire.

William died a rich but lonely man. He was one of the first to discover gold in Australia (1851, before Edmund Hargraves was accredited with the discovery) he deserted his wife and six children, and was (assumed) persuaded by a priest to leave all his valuable property to the Catholic Church and an Orphanage, while his family struggle to get by.
He died 1908 in Sydney at the age of 78 years.

Narelle sent me the full story:

William John Tweedy 1830 to 1908.

William Tweedy broke a shop window and stole 3 silver teaspoons with the intention of getting caught and being transported when he was fifteen years old. The incident took place in Newry. Prison records note that  he committed the crime with another boy, named Henry Conaghy, and also that  William ‘was a lazy youth’. Both boys were tried at the Dundulk Assizes and sentenced to seven years imprisonment on 5th October 1847.  Unfortunately for William, his transportation didn’t happen straight away, and William was to spend the next  two years in Irish prisons, both Mountjoy and Spike Island.

William was a ‘convict exile,’ the difference being that  when a sentence  was pronounced, the Judge did not necessarily state that the prisoner was to be transported, which was often the case with young offenders.  William was sentenced to seven years in gaol, it was not stated that he was to be transported. William would have been given the choice to be transported to Australia at a later date, and this did not happen until two years later.

On 4th August 1849 William embarked from Dublin on the ‘Havering’ with 336 other prisoners , after 95 days at sea and the loss of only two lives the ship arrived in Australia.

A ‘ticket of leave’ was granted to prisoner No.49/951, William Tweedy, on 30th November 1849. This was within the first month of William arriving in Australia, so he  was able to live a relatively free life. The terms of this ‘ticket’ only allowed William to remain within the Bathurst district of NSW.  When he received his ‘ticket of freedom’ he would be free to live where he pleased or return to Ireland should he wish. However, due to expense, and indeed their own wishes,  convict transportation was generally  a ‘one way ticket’.

Another convict named George D’Arcy, who was transported from Dublin in 1823, also lived in the Bathurst district and had a daughter named Mary.   William married Mary in 1853 at the Presbytrian Church in Guyong. Mary was just 17 years old and William was 23. William and Mary had nine children of which six survived.

The mining homestead in NSW, believed to have belonged to William Tweedy
The homestead in NSW believed to have belonged to William Tweedy
William's wife Mary
Mary Tweedy

Elizabeth Tweedy was the first child born to William and Mary in February of 1854 and her birth records states that William was a ‘farmer’ at Lewis Ponds’. On the birth record of his third daughter Martha in 1859 he is recorded as being a gold miner. Although many more children were born to William and Mary, no others were recorded. The law did not require births to be registered until 1856. Often many years passed in the out-lying area of NSW before a Priest, Minister or Government officer passed through for births, deaths and marriages to be recorded. It was not going to be  a happy or long marriage.

In the year 1851 Edmund Hargraves was accredited with discovering Gold in the Lewis Ponds area of NSW and was awarded the ‘finders fee’ of 1000 pounds by the Australian Government, however this was later disputed and the story is now part of our Australian history.

William Tweedy's mine in Australia
William Tweedy’s mine in Australia

In the book ‘First Gold’ written by Andrew Bartlett, our William John Tweedy is recorded to have been mining for gold and digging water holes in the year 1851. This was reported in the local newspaper of the time, notably  before Hargraves made his claim of being the first to discover Gold.  


Not much is known of Williams life over the next 20 or so years, his wife Mary remarried in 1884 claiming she was a widow. However, it seems William had deserted his family and had moved on to Sydney where according to his obituary he had been working on the Governments roads before buying quite a substantial property and establishing an orchard.

Gold panning river in the Outback
The river by the old Homestead in Australia

William was admitted to Hornsby district hospital in February 1908 and on his death certificate the Matron recorded Williams domestic situation as ‘unknown’. A Catholic Priest hand wrote a Will for William to sign, leaving his wealth and property to both the Church and the ‘Sisters of Mercy’ home for children. With in a few weeks his Will was probated and transferred into the name of the priest. The Catholic Church later had a caveat served on the property. It was stated in his obituary that William had ‘no known domestic heirs’…..

Although Williams obituary claimed he was well respected among the community where he lived, this is doubtful. It would seem no one in the community could throw any light on Williams life. He  lived the the life of a hermit from about 1886, residing in Hornsby, a northern suburb of Sydney. He died a lonely man in 1908 at the age of 78. He is buried at the Chatswood Cemetery Sydney.
It is  possible William was an orphan of the famine but Narelle doubts that she will ever find this out. She made an interesting point, “I don’t know if you or anyone from Ireland is interested in ‘what happened to’ stories and I have often thought how great it would be to follow through a number of convicts lives and write a book”. Unfortunately, being a pensioner now, Narelle feels that she cannot accomplish such a task herself – I think she could!

Margot Mulcahy


Annual Charity Golf Classic in aid of the Hope Foundation

Support the Hope Foundation – and enjoy a great round of golf too!

International Rugby Coach Les Kiss took some time out of training the Irish Rugby team recently and helped The Hope Foundation launch their Annual Charity Golf Classic, which takes place on Friday May 10th in Douglas Golf Club.

Hope Foundation Golf Classic Kicking off at 8.30 am on May 10th teams of three are invited to sign up for the popular event as soon as possible.  The cost is €300 per team and this includes a meal in the clubhouse where the prize-giving will take place.  Over 50 teams are expected to compete, with some great golfing prizes up for grabs for both ladies and gents, as well as special prizes for Nearest to the Pin and Longest Drive. All funds raised from the Golf Classic will go to The Hope Foundation’s work with the street and slum children in Calcutta.


To register your team call Madeleine on (021) 4292990 or email madeleine@hopefoundation.ie.  For further information on The Hope Foundation visit www.hopefoundation.ie.