Family and friends of a young Dundalk woman who passed away just two weeks after her 21st birthday gathered over the Bank Holiday Weekend to honour her memory and raise funds for charity.
Siobhain Stewart, from Muirhevnamor, passed away in July 2011, just eight months after being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. Since then her parents, Peter and Patricia, along with sisters, Nicola and Catriona, have organised a number of event to raise both money and awareness.
The latest event was a walk and fun day on Sunday August 4 with the walk starting and finishing in Oriel Park before the children were entertained by an afternoon of fun activities.
According to Siobhain’s father, Peter, it proved to be a huge success and he is grateful to all who supported the venture in a week when Motor Neurone Disease was again in the headlines following the passing of RTE’s Colm Murray.
“The main thing was that the weather was great so I think Siobhan was looking after us in that regard. We had Dundalk FC come on board and they really gave us great support. The walk was led by Stephen Kenny and some of the players and with the team going so well at present that was a big boost.
“There was a great crowd of people who turned up and when we got back to Oriel we had some activities for the children, which included some old-fashioned games such as a Treasure Hunt and bobbing for the apple”, explained Peter.
“Dundalk player Patrick Hoban stood in goals for a penalty kick competition and I think overall the kids had a ball”, stated Peter who added that a special jersey signed by the Dundalk squad was also raffled.
Siobhain was diagnosed in December 2010 and passed away in Manchester in the following July, just a day after attending a cousin’s wedding.