STAR hurler Stephen O’Halloran has expressed a heartfelt thank you to the people of Limerick who are supporting him in his fight against cancer.
The 36-year-old, who has just finished chemotherapy and radiotherapy in St Luke’s Hospital in Dublin, says he has “good days and bad days” but is receiving great strength from the huge level of goodwill and support from across Limerick.
Hundreds of people either attended or made a donation to a benefit night in honour of the Bruree hurler in Bulgaden Castle on October 11. The total raised from the event was over €36,000.
“Thanks to everyone,” said Stephen. “A special thanks to the committee members, Bulgaden Castle and their staff, and everyone who has supported me. Both families – my own family and Marie’s family [his wife, Marie nee O’Donnell] have been excellent and close friends as well have been very good.”
“The amount of people who were there on the night was brilliant. There were school friends of mine there who I hadn’t met in 15 or 20 years. It was lovely,” he said.
Since his return home to County Limerick – he resides between Bulgaden and Knockainey – Stephen has been settling back into his daily routine. “I try to get out and about as much as I used to, not to be stuck at home,” he said.
Concerns were first raised about Stephen’s well-being after he lost a noticeable amount of weight over a short period of time.
“I lost two stone over a short time. I had a touch of jaundice,” he explained. Stephen consulted his doctor. He was sent for blood tests and a spot was detected on his liver. “I never smoked. I’d have a few pints at the weekend, no more than anyone else. We are all dealt a different hand,” he said.