St Stephen’s Day fundraisers for families of two ill children

Events during day, major auction at night

A series of fundraising events are being held to support the families of two ill children in the locality over the festive period. In particular, St Stephen’s Day (Monday, 26th of December) will feature a number of events, including a charity football match, a raffle, and an auction, all part of a community drive to support the families.

Lucy Croghan (3), who lives in Frenchpark, is being treated for Stage 4 Wilms Tumour. Donnacha Horan (6) from Fairymount, has a form of liver disease. All funds raised in the upcoming fundraisers will be equally divided between the two families to support their considerable ongoing costs.

The first of the fundraisers is the Stephen Nolan Memorial game between Tulsk and Western Gaels, will be held in Frenchpark at 2 pm on St Stephen’s Day.

After the football action, there will be music in Farrell’s Lounge in Frenchpark from 4 pm, with a super raffle being held. Amongst the raffle prizes are Bed & Breakfast and Dinner in any one of three top hotels in Westport. Sunday lunch for 2 in Kilronan Castle is another of many great prizes on offer.
Later than night an auction will be held in Farrell’s, with Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice presiding. Amongst the exciting items which are sure to attract keen interest at this fundraising auction are a pair of boxing gloves which have been signed by champion boxing sisters Lisa and Aoife O’Rourke.
Also going for auction will be a Charolais weanling heifer; a barrel of Heineken; Heating Oil vouchers; ewe lambs; €150 off your next set of tyres; full car valet;  Flights from Tibohine Airfield; shopping vouchers – and numerous other items.

*Organisers are asking individuals and local businesses to kindly donate items for the auction and/or to be included in the raffle. Please phone or text Kieran on 086 2566448 to arrange to have your item included.

GoFundMe options…

To support Donnacha you can donate directly to his GoFundMe page –

To support Lucy you can donate directly to her GoFundMe page –


More about the two brave children who need your help…

Lucy Croghan (3), who lives in Frenchpark, is being treated for Stage 4 Wilms Tumour. Over the last year Lucy has spent some time in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin for chemotherapy, radiation and more recently for stem cell transplants.

Lucy is currently at home isolating after the stem cell transplant but travels to Dublin twice a week for bloods and platelets.

Lucy, described as a beautiful little girl, is daughter of Zara and Sean. Her initial diagnosis came just before Christmas last year. People in the local community have rallied to the family’s aid and we are now inviting readers to continue to offer their support (see GoFundMe details relating to the two campaigns in our main story).

Donnacha (6) is son of Jason and Emma Horan and brother of baby Iarlaith. In January 2018, after extensive tests in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, Donnacha was diagnosed with a condition called portal vein hypertension and ascites, which is essentially a form of liver disease.

In March 2019 Donnacha suffered his first major infection (pneumonia and sepsis). In 2020 he experienced a number of gastrointestinal infections and needed six hospital admissions that year.

Donnacha has recently returned from England after a liver transplant operation and is under the care of staff of Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

His parents describe him as “a phenomenal little boy”, who has shown strength and resilience which knows no bounds.

“We are all incredibly proud of him. The road ahead is tough but we will do whatever it takes to give Donnacha a normal life”.