Limerick's Áine is a cut above the rest

Donal O'Regan

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Donal O'Regan

Limerick's Áine is a cut above the rest

Aine is all smiles after losing 10 inches of her hair for a good cause

A KIND-HEARTED 12-year-old Limerick girl got her gorgeous long dark brown locks chopped in memory of her uncle, who died from cancer.

Aine O’Connor’s hair will now be used to make wigs for women who have suffered hair loss, often as a result of chemotherapy.

After her beloved uncle, Ray O’Connor, died from cancer in November 2014, Aine decided she wanted to do something to raise money for a cure.

“I thought I would get my hair cut and fundraise for the Irish Cancer Society. I wanted to do it in memory of Ray. He was a very nice man,” said Aine, who is from Lisnagry.

Sponsorship cards were printed and to date she has collected over €400. Plus, her ponytail will be made into a wig – priceless for the recipient. Aine said she had no qualms about getting 10 inches of her hair snipped in Whisps Hair Salon in Castleconnell on Friday morning.

“I wasn’t nervous at all but my mom was,” smiled Aine, whose mum and dad are Saundra and Gearoid. The family is completed by Aine’s brother Cian, aged 16, sister Roisin, 18, and they are all very proud of her, as are her extended family.

Aine got the thumbs up for her new look from her classmates in Lisnagry National School and she is looking forward to starting in Castletroy College next September.

Mum Saundra candidly admits that she, like many women, wouldn’t have the guts to do it

“Her sister wouldn't either, so fair play to her. We are totally proud of her.  When Ray passed away she said she wanted to do something. She looked it up online and came to us, asking if she left it grow could she get it cut. I was putting it on the long finger to be honest, I said ‘oh yeah, in the summer’ but she kept me to it,” said Saundra.

Ray lived with them and as Aine is the baby of the family they were very close. Saundra said there is still money coming in and she thanked everyone for their generosity and Whisps Hair Salon.

“We didn’t think it would take off but friends and family donated. People were tagging me on Facebook saying ‘put me down for a tenner or twenty’. Gearoid works in An Post and his colleagues have been very good,” said Saundra. Best of all, Aine’s new shorter style suits her down to the ground.