Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Martin Feeney with wife Joanna and son Adam

A Roscommon man is helping to raise money for his friend’s cancer treatment by climbing up one of the most iconic mountains in the country every day for 28 days.

Ballaghaderreen native and Frenchpark resident, Martin Feeney has already begun his challenge of climbing up Knocknarea to the grave of Queen Maeve in Strandhill, County Sligo for 28 days. He started on Saturday, January 15th, and will end on Friday, February 11th.

The fundraiser is part of a Go Fund Me campaign for Castlerea Prison Officer and Mayo man, Kieran Cawley (42), who is suffering from a rare form of cancer, cholangiocarcinoma, a cancer of the bile duct which is at an advanced stage.

The overall campaign is seeking a total of €250,000 for cancer treatment abroad for the married father and has already raised more than €217,000 despite only being set up on January 5th. The funds will be used for treatment options abroad as options are limited in Ireland.

Martin, who is a former Senior Sligo Rugby Club player and a long-time club supporter, explained that he played both with and against Kieran, and that “Kieran always gave his all on the field”.

“You can see the money that has already been raised and that’s a testament to Kieran’s character,” Martin said and he thanked everyone who has already contributed to the campaign. To support his climb, please visit the ‘Climb for Kieran’ Go Fund Me page.

Kieran’s brother, Charlie, also thanked the people who have donated, saying the family has been overwhelmed by the response.

“It’s been amazing, friends, neighbours, and strangers are supporting us. We’re blown away by the generosity,” said Charlie.

He explained that two fundraising football games will be held at the NUIG Connacht GAA Air-Dome on Saturday, January 29th.

“Details have yet to be finalised but there will be involvement from the prison service, the Gardaí, a selection from Kieran’s native Crossmolina Deel Rovers, and a Mayo Club selection,” said Charlie.

The teams involved will be managed by legendary GAA manager John Maughan, All-Ireland Club winning manager Tom Jordan and former Roscommon and Sligo GAA greats Don Connellan and Paul Durcan. The games are planned to be streamed live online with commentary from Mike Finnerty and John Casey.

Charlie also paid tribute to his brother’s colleagues in the prison service and at Castlerea Prison.

“Liam Breheny and Marc Gavin, they have organised so much for the campaign,” he said. To support the campaign visit the Go Fund Me page ‘Help Kieran get the treatment he needs’.

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