Maynooth boys donate to cancer charities

Cheque Presentation from Daniel Cullen, for 500 Euros. St. Marys BNS. Maynooth 6th Class Pupils  Confirmation Class. Dolly Weller, Daniel and Frank Cullen, Murial Parke, Hospice. Michael Waldren, Photo. Jimmy Fullam.
SIXTY boys from a north Kildare school have donated a €1000 to two cancer charities.

SIXTY boys from a north Kildare school have donated a €1000 to two cancer charities.

And last week, Daniel Cullen, one of the students at St. Mary’s Boys National School in Maynooth, presented €500 to St. Brigid’s Hospice in memory of his mother, Paula, who died from cancer on 30 December last.

Present at the hand over of the cheque was Daniel’s father, Frank, who explained the two classes had donated €500 each to the Hospice and the Irish Cancer Society.

Paula, a native of Belfast, worked for Eircom for a number of years. In 2007 she became ill and following some initial surgery treatment seemed to be getting better.

But in 2010, she became unwell again and despite the best hopes of Frank and Daniel, her only son, she passed away on 30 December at St. Brigid’s Hospice.

Speaking of Paul, Frank, from Maynooth Park, said: “She was inspirational the way she took it all in her stride. Her main goal was to be there for her little boy, Daniel.”

Frank, a historian who now works with the Royal Irish Academy, following study in NUI Maynooth, said he and Paula had been together for 18 years.

Of St. Brigid’s, where both Frank and Daniel continue to get counselling, he said: “You can never thank them enough.”

He described the cheque handing over as a great way for Daniel to say thanks.

- Henry Bauress