“I’m Living with it” – Fitzpatrick to carry on despite motor neurone diagnosis
By Peter Kelly (Liffey Champion, Front Page)
Fianna Fail TD for Kildare north Michael Fitzpatrick is vowing to carry on in public office after he confirmed his recent diagnosis with motor neurone disease.
He is determined to stay in Dáil Eireann as long as he possibly can but will not contest the next General Election. Fitzpatrick says that “physically and mentally , I feel fine at the moment.”
The former County Councillor first noticed there was something wrong over Christmas when his arm began to give him trouble. After going for tests he was diagnosed with the disease two weeks ago. He is still attending hospital and having treatment and has received tremendous support from his family, constituents, former fellow councillors in Kildare County Council and from other TDs in Dáil Eireann.
“I’m coping with it” says Fitzpatrick. “I know what the end result is. It’s a terminal illness but you can last a long time. I’m on treatment and I’m hopeful that treatment can slow down that process. I know what it is and I can live with it.”
Drunk driver crashes on the motorway at Kilcock
By Sarah Egan (Liffey Champion, Page 4)
A drunk driver crashed his car on the M4 near Kilcock last Friday night (19th Feb) after hitting the verge and losing control of his car. No other vehicles were involved in the incident.
Leixlip Gardai arrived at the scene of the accident at 8.45pm and fire brigades from Maynooth and Leixlip were called out to get the man out of the car. When they arrived he had already gotten himself out of the car.
He was taken to Connelly Hospital by ambulance with minor injuries and while at the hospital his blood alcohol level was found to be over the legal limit.
He was then charged with drink driving.
Entries being sought for Kilcock St. Patrick’s Day Parade
(Liffey Champion, Page 15)
Entries for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Kilcock are now being accepted by the committee.
Anyone who would like to take part but who has not received an entry form yet should contact Caroline on 087-2312455 to get one.
All of the businesses, community groups and organisations are welcome to enter a float.
All-Ireland bid by Kilcock School
By Henry Bauress (Leinster Leader, Feb 18th)
Eleven volleyball players from St. Joseph’s Boys School in Kilcock are to travel to Limerick on 9th March to try and lift an All-Ireland title. They’ve beaten five school teams in Kildare and five in Leinster to make it to the final where they will play Mary Immaculate School in Limerick.
Last year the group reached the Leinster final and hope to go one better this time around. The team plays a modified form of volleyball called ‘Spike Ball’ under the guidance of their teacher Ms. Orla Fitzsimmons.
Everyone here at ourkilcock.ie wish the team the very best of luck in the final.
The team: Jason Gibbons, Kevin Costello, Patrick Bermingham, Barry Redmond, Nathan Murphy, Daniel Kyne, Matthew Capley, Sean Eves, Danny Coss-Heneghan, Rory O’Brien, Gavin Tyrell.
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