€55k Raised for Killian Spain, Rath, Birr, Co. Offaly

Friends of Killian a committee formed in June 2010 to help raise much needed funds for Killian Spain who is a 5 year old boy from the parish of Eglish/Drumcullen, who was born with a rare medical condition (Posterior Urethral Valves) which affected his bladder and kidneys function. He underwent surgery when he was 5 days old in Crumlin Children’s Hospital in Dublin and has had several major surgeries since then. He was referred from Crumlin in March ’11 to a specialist in London for treatment and has been attending since.


The committee organised a door to door campaign with twenty prizes to be won. The main prize was a 1980 International 444 Vintage Tractor which was won by Paul Harte Broughal Kilcormac Co. Offaly.


The Committee would like to extend their sincere thanks to all who bought tickets that contributed to the 55k be collected. To all members of the public who sponsored prizes for the draw, to the Hall committee for organising refreshments on the day of the draw, to the Old Time Vintage Club for organising a tractor run, to Kelly’s Pub Birr for organising a table quiz and to Drumculllen GAA for the use of their Club House for weekly meetings.


Malcolm and Colleen Spain parents of Killian also would like to express their appreciation to all who contributed to the fund and a special word of thanks to Friends of Killian Committee.

L to R: Friends of Killian Committee members presenting Paul Hate (centre) with the keys of a 1980 International 444 Vintage tractor. L to R Cllr: John Leahy, Patrick Spain, Rody Carroll, Paul Harte (winner) Killian Spain, Malcolm Spain, Declan Murray and Tony Nugent (ticket seller). Committee members missing: Paddy Keating, Peadar Nugent, Luke Spain, Seamus Nolan and Eddie Spain

Prizes and winners

1980 Tractor Patsy Spain 4855 Paul Harte Broughal, Kilcormac, Co. Offaly
Grennan Voucher €300 John Grennan 3393 Petrova Kennedy Ericsson, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
1 Tonne Of Briquettes Bord Na Mona 9253 Joe Hoctor Cronkill, Carrig, Co. Tipperary
€250 Cash Prize Local Business 6814 Gerry Doolan Boher, Ballycumber, Co. Offaly
Voucher €200 Grennan’s 7055 Elaine Hynes Mill Rd. Fancort, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary
€150 Voucher O’Meara Pharmacy 5276 Harry Gunning Shannonbridge
Load of 804 Smiths 7196 Ben Keady/ Deborah Ewing 8 Ashley Court, Tullamore, Co. Offaly
10×6 Load of Timber Tommy Leahy 9416 Olive Hall Sharavogue, Birr, Co. Offaly
Load of stone Brendan Hynes 3891 Sean Shannahan 20 Cnoc Mhuire, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary.
Electric Scooter Paddy Keating 968 Olive Byrne 5 Mill St. Birr, Co. Offaly
Mobile Phone Tony Ryan 10151 Laura Geraghy 33 Whitehall, Tullamore Co. Offaly
€100 Voucher Top Oil 7539 Pat Dunphy 12 Cresent, Birr, Co. Offaly
€100 Voucher Top Oil 10815 Tommy Gonoude 20 Oaklee, Tullamore, Co. Offaly
Signed Kilkenny Hurl Luke Spain 10799 Geraldine Morris Anstee, Daingean Rd. Tullamore, Co. Offaly
Golf Voucher Esker Hills 6649 Billy Healy Doon, Ballinahown
Case Overalls CASE Tractors 4495 Anjae Leavy Leamore, Tullamore, Co. Offaly
€50.00 Voucher Flaherty Fuels 3311 Tim Mannion Ballinamona Glebe, Killyon, Birr
€50.00 Cash Ger Coughlan 1613 Fergal Mahon Slieve Bloom House, Clonaslee, Co.Laois
€30.00 Voucher Declan Phelan Menswear Birr. 9610 Wayne Roche 13 Dowsleys Barn, New Ross, Wexford
Hair Products Local Business 4958 Ann Bugler The Pass Kinnity, Birr, Co. Offaly

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