by Austin Hobbs
A COUNTY Limerick community is organising a major fundraiser to support a local woman who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
32-year-old Amanda Tierney, who is a native of Newtownshandrum, has been married and living in Granagh for the past eight years. Her husband is Daniel and they have four children: Sean (11), Oliver (7), Killian (6) and Amelia (4).
As well as being a busy mum, Amanda is also a full-time support giver to her son Oliver, who has special needs.
Last February, Amanda was diagnosed with breast cancer and is currently undergoing treatment at University Hospital Limerick.
“As a small rural community in West Limerick, we wanted to show our support to Amanda and her family and let them know they are not alone on this journey.
“We hope to provide them with some resources to reduce any financial worries they may have and supply any requirements that Amanda might need, to help in her recovery,” said Mary O’Regan, PRO of Granagh Development Association.
A number of fundraising events will take place on Sunday, October 24 from 11am to 11pm, among them are a vintage vehicle run, a 5k walk and cycle, and an auction afterwards in The Rock Bar, Granagh.
“Our local schools and wider community have been very supportive of this great cause. We are also appealing to any businesses to offer support in the form of vouchers and spot prizes,” said Mary O’Regan.
For the tractor run, Richard O’Donoghue and Michaél Ahern, 087 8314410, will answer all queries. Registration from 10.30am is at John Lynch’s yard.
The main activity will take place in the community centre. Later in the evening, there will be an auction in the Rock Bar, and a coveted framed and signed Limerick jersey will be among the items to go under the hammer.
Donations can be made to a GoFundMe page, entitled ‘Granagh Backs Amanda’.