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Fundraiser launched in aid of young Laois boy following cancer diagnosis

A fundraiser has been launched in aid of a young Laois boy who has recently been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

Cathail Dooley, who only turned four years of age last week, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukaemia.

Cathail is the son of Sarah Dooley from The Rock and Cathail Hoolahan from Mountmellick.

Cathail will now have to make weekly trips to Crumlin Hospital in Dublin for treatment and his friends in The Rock GAA club want to help him and his family out.

On Saturday July 24, members of the club will take part in a 12 hour cycle to raise money for Cathail.

A GoFundMe Page was launched last night and already almost €2,000 has been raised.

A spokesperson for The Rock said: “This brave young soldier is Cathail who turned 4 last week.

“He has been just been diagnosed with A.L.L which means Acute Lymphocytic Leukaemia.

“This will require Cathail to make weekly trips to Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin for treatment and it is really tough on him missing out on the summer of playing football with his friends in The Rock GAA Club.

“The Dooley family have a long history of playing football for The Rock and the club really want to make this fundraising event as beneficial as possible to support the whole family through this extremely challenging time.

“On Saturday the 24th of July we will be setting up a number of spin bikes outside SuperValu in Mountmellick and members of the club will take part in a sponsored 12 hour cycle.

“We would very much appreciate your support no matter how big or small.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.