Thursday, December 09, 2021

 

Former Kerry GAA star Kieran Donaghy is the latest well-known personality to highlight the plight of three young children from County Roscommon.

On Wednesday, Piers Morgan shared a tweet from Join Our Boys Trust with his 7.9 million followers, urging people to donate and help the family.

Now Kingdom GAA legend Kieran Donaghy has followed suit, saying that his thoughts and prayers were with the Naughton family from Roscommon Town.

“If there is anything I can do give me a shout please. Thoughts and prayers are with ye, I can’t imagine the stress and torture of that. Any retweets of original tweet would be appreciated I’d say,” Donaghy, known to his team-mates as “Star”, tweeted.

Archie (15), George (11), and Isaac Naughton (11) from Roscommon Town are affected by the life-limiting illness Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a catastrophic muscle wasting disease which has impacted on the boys’ ability to walk.

The boys were first diagnosed with their rare illness in 2012. Since then, efforts have focused on providing a specialist, residential type facility to support the boys’ needs at Ardsallagh More, just off the Athlone Road in Roscommon.

To date, over €1 million has been spent on developing a special purpose-built home for the boys. However, a further €300,000 is needed before the boys can move into their newly adapted home, which they hope to do before Christmas.

Mother of the boys Paula Naughton says the extra funds are necessary to provide the specialist equipment needed to provide the specialist care for her children such as hoists, therapy areas, lighting and electrified doors.

It is hoped works can be completed before Christmas.

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