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Kind-hearted Laois farmer set to auction bullock in aid of ‘Field of Dreams’

A kind-hearted Laois farmer is set to auction off a bullock in aid of a local community project.

Paul Ryan, a farmer living in Camross, is donating a bullock to be auctioned shortly in the Mart in Roscrea, in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland Laois Branch’s ‘Field of Dreams’.

The aim of this project is to build a centre of excellence, a training hub and an allotment area in Abbeyleix with hopes to eventually create independent living quarters at the property for people with intellectual disabilities.

Michael Gorman, who is the chairman of Down Syndrome Ireland ‘Laois Branch’, thanked Mr Ryan for his generous donation.

He said: “This is a novel way to fundraise for our Branch project, which is so imperative to the futures of our family members.

“Paul is looking for sponsorship for this fundraiser from any businesses, and/or individuals around the county and beyond.

“If there are any other farmers out there, who would like to fundraise in this way, Paul Ryan would be happy to give any advice necessary.

“Likewise, if anyone wants to contact the Branch directly, they can ring myself on 086-0491633 at any time.

“Several individuals and businesses have already donated to this fundraiser, and we thank them all for their generous support.

“Once again, a huge thank you to Paul Ryan for this kind gesture, and all the work he is putting in on behalf of our vulnerable family members.”

The group continue to fundraise for their project and anyone who wishes to help can donate below:

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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.