Limerick girls awarded bravery medals after battling serious illness

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

TWO courageous Limerick girls have been awarded bravery medals after battling serious illness.

TWO courageous Limerick girls have been awarded bravery medals after battling serious illness.

The two recipients, 11-year-old Becky Macauley from Raheen and 16-year-old Brónagh O’Neill from Ballybricken, Grange were honoured with a civic reception at Limerick County Hall on Thursday afternoon.

Becky has recently published a book about her experience, “The Little Girl with the Big Headache”, the proceeds of which are going to cancer research through the Children’s Ark Project’s Paediatric Oncology Fund.

In April 2011, the fourth-class student who attends St Nessan’s national school underwent brain surgery to remove a tumour and had a similar operation last May.

Her book has proven to be a huge success, and the first 200 copies have already completely sold out.

“The book is about me and my time in hospital in Beaumont, St Luke’s and Crumlin,” she said.

Bronagh meanwhile, who was also diagnosed with cancer, sat her Junior Certificate just 10 days after undergoing brain surgery. She is looking forward to resuming her passion for music and drama, and plans on travelling to Finland this summer with her drama group.

Limerick County Council, through the Staff Humanitarian and Benevolent Fund, made a contribution of €2,000 to the Paediatric Oncology Fund at the civic reception.

Speaking at County Hall, Cllr Mary Harty, Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council said: “In recognising Becky and Brónagh’s achievements and bravery in overcoming their respective illnesses, Limerick County Council is acknowledging other young people throughout Limerick who have survived or are continuing to be treated for serious illnesses. We also remember those who have lost their lives through serious illness, along with their friends and families today.”