Magical evening awaits for Limerick’s Aine at National Children of Courage awards

Anthony Geoghegan


Anthony Geoghegan

Aine Ryan, 11, with Declan Hannon and Graeme Mulcahy

Aine Ryan, 11, with Declan Hannon and Graeme Mulcahy

A YOUNG girl from Limerick who is battling serious illness will get to walk the red carpet later this month ahead of the National Children of Courage Awards.

Aine Ryan, from Raheen, will be one of the eight children to receive the annual award that celebrates the unmatched bravery of young children facing unbelievable adversities in their lives.

The gala evening also allows a night to honour the love and support that parents of ill children give every day.

Aine’s mother, Patricia is inspired by her eleven-year-old daughter’s bravery to keep fighting.

“During this nightmare, which is all I can call it, Aine has a smile on her face and is a wonderful patient, and I am so very, very proud of her,” she praised.

Last year, Aine was diagnosed with a brain tumour and went through a seven-hour long operation to remove the tumour at Beaumont Hospital Dublin,

After extensive rehabilitation and radiotherapy, the young girl is now doing much better but unfortunately has to be isolated in chemotherapy away from her friends.

Aine saw one dream come true in meeting Limerick hurlers Declan Hannon and Graeme Mulcahy, and the Raheen girl will have another dream realised at the awards show later this month. Founder of the Share a Dream Foundation, Shay Kinsella is delighted to welcome the eight recipients for this year’s gala.

“Seriously ill and disabled children in Ireland deserve to be recognised and honoured for their absolute courage and determination to get as much quality of life as they can.

“The National Children of Courage Awards shows these children and their families that they are not forgotten about, and there is light at the end of a very dark tunnel,” Mr Kinsella concluded.

The thirteenth annual Dream Ball and National Children of Courage Awards takes place in the Radisson Blu Hotel on the Ennis Road, on Saturday, November 24. Tickets are still available at or 061-200080.