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Lauren and her classmates

Lauren and class-mates show generous heart for Crumlin

Born with a heart condition, a young Ballyea woman has spent the past 16 years travelling to Crumlin Children’s Hospital. This year, after having what she hopes will be her final heart surgery, Lauren Coote decided to raise money for the heart centre at the hospital, in recognition of the care she received there. Lauren has just completed her Junior Certificate at Coláiste Muire in Ennis. Before her exams, she and her classmates in C3 organised a no-uniform day and raised €1,335, which she delivered at a recent check-up in the hospital. “We held the no-uniform day in the last week before school ended. We involved the school because we wanted to raise as much money as possible. I brought the idea to the principal and then all the class helped out, counting the money and letting people know about it,” Lauren outlined. “The reason we did this is because I have been going to Crumlin all my life since …

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Rape Crisis Midwest in Clare Announces Temporary Closure

One in four people have been subjected to some form of sexual violence, according to Rape Crisis Midwest – a service which offers support and help to the one in four affected by sexual violence in County Clare. However, due to the declining financial status of the charity organisation, which is used by 12 people every week in Clare, they will close their Ennis based service temporarily for the month of  September. Rape Crisis Midwest has had to make the difficult decision to temporarily close both its Clare and Tipperary services for the month of September as the charity faces a shortfall estimated to be in the region of €120,000. All services provided at the Tracklands Business Park, on Clonroadmore in Ennis will be cut for the month of September and will be reassessed based on whether the service can make up the shortfall through public support in the interim. A skeletal service will remain in Limerick for the month …

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Frankie and Siobhan Lundy with their daughters Ava, Emily and Olivia.

Positivity in the face of uncertainty

By Jessica Quinn “I could go away and crawl into a corner and let it roll me over, or I can stand up and say no way, Jose”. These are the inspirational words of Frankie Lundy who, two and a half years ago, was diagnosed with the rare Huntington’s Disease. Speaking to The Clare Champion recently, Frankie and his wife Siobhan talked openly and honestly about the affect the condition has had on their family and their efforts to raise awareness. Originally from Belfast, 51-year-old Frankie has lived in Ennis for over a decade, having previously lived in Shannon. A former musician, the Lundy name is widely known in music circles with Frankie playing drums for a number of well-known bands. Huntington’s Disease is a hereditary disorder that causes progressive deterioration of the physical, cognitive and emotional self. Most people with HD develop symptoms between the ages of 30 and 50, with symptoms varying from person to person. A self …

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