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In Pictures: Cakes For Cathail a huge success as family ‘overwhelmed’ by community support

Fundraising efforts for the family of a young Laois boy continue apace across the county.

Cathail Dooley is a four-year-old from The Rock in Laois and just a day before his birthday, he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukaemia.

The Rock GAA club and Mountmellick teenager Dillon Payne have both launched fundraisers that have generated more than €20,000 between them.

And last week, a Laois nurse and her children got creative to help raise more money for Cathail’s family.

Theresa Wall, who is a nurse in Portlaoise Hospital, and her children plus their friends, baked some lovely treats and sold them in their own pop-up shop right outside their front door.

The locals got behind the idea and €420 was raised – much to the delight of everyone involved.

Meanwhile, Cathail’s mam Sarah Dooley took to Facebook last week to thank everyone for their support since news broke of Cathail’s diagnosis.

She said: “As a family, we are so shocked and over whelmed at everyone’s generosity and support.

“We will never be able to thank everyone for what they have done for us.

“To everyone who has donated, said prayers who is lighting candles, sent mass cards, presents – you will never know how much it means to us and we thank you all.

“And again to both our family’s and friends, we are so so lucky to have such amazing support, and we are proud to be part of our local towns Mountmellick and The Rock.”

SEE ALSO – ‘Cathail is a kind-hearted and football mad kid’ – The young Laois boy who has big battle ahead following cancer diagnosis

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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.