Local communities to unite for local woman during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Attending the launch at the Claregalway Hotel of a series of fundraising events during October in aid of the National Breast Cancer Research Institute by the management and staff of Flynns Supervalu Lackagh, Turlough were: Prof. Michael Kerin National Breast Cancer Research Institute and event organiser Nonie Fahy. Photo: Martina Regan

Locals from Lackagh, Turloughmore and Claregalway will come together this October as the communities unite for Breast Cancer Awareness month.

It’s all in support of well known local woman, Nonie Fahy, manager of Flynns Supervalu Lackagh, Turloughmore, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2017.

Nonie has chosen to champion a number of events to support Galway-based charity, the National Breast Cancer Research Institute who help to fund the breast cancer research team at the Lambe Institute, NUI Galway.

During her treatment, Nonie was greatly moved by the number of women young and old, mothers with small children in prams sitting alongside her in Professor Kerin’s waiting room, all in need of his professional help in fighting this disease, and this inspired her to help the cause.

Nonie is now fully recovered and has returned to work at Flynns of Lackagh where she has worked for over 40 years.

With the help of her employer, work colleagues, the local community and especially June Seale, Nonie has organised a series of events for the month of October.

The month long events begin on Sunday 6 October when Topline Flynns will hold a ‘Colour Dash’ 5K Run/Walk from Flynns Topline.

Registration opens at 12pm with the dash leaving at 1pm and everyone taking part must be prepared to get messy as colour bombers douse participants with non-toxic, food-grade colour dust.

With adult entry at €10 and free entry for children, it promises to be a fun event for all the family.

On hearing of Nonie’s story, Supervalu have come on board to support both their colleague Nonie and the charity by hosting coffee mornings across Supervalus in the West of Ireland on Friday 11 October from 10am to 2pm.

On Sunday 13 October, Flynns of Lackagh Agri are holding a ‘Tractor Run’ from Flynns Agri Yard with registration from 11am and the tractor run starting at12.30pm.

Special guests on the day include President of the IFA Joe Healy and Galway IFA Chairperson Anne Mitchell.

The highlight of the month of events will no doubt be the fundraising Karaoke Night in the Claregalway Hotel on Sunday 27 Oct with Hector Ó hEochagáin and special guests.

With a generous first prize of €1000, second prize €500 and third prize €250, it promises to be a fabulous night of entertainment and fun for everyone.