The Ciara Grehan Foundation is being launched in Boyle Co. Roscommon on May 6th. Ciara Grehan Kennedy was originally from Main Street, Templemore where her parents J.J. and Kay ran a laundrette and sports shop over the years.
Ciara married a local man, Denis Kennedy from Knockinroe, Templemore and moved to Galway where the couple had three children. Ciara’s sudden death at the age of 36 in November 2010 sent shock waves through the communities both in Templemore and her adopted home of Galway.
As a way to honour Ciara’s memory her family and friends are launching this charitable foundation to support children with special needs. This was a cause very close to Ciara’s heart as her first child, Jack, was born with Down Syndrome and a very rare chromosomal abnormality. Ciara, who was herself a Special Needs Teacher, had always worked tirelessly to ensure that Jack and children like him had all the developmental and educational opportunities possible.
The overall goal of this foundation is to provide a fund which can supplement the most immediate needs of groups who work to support children with special needs in Ireland. These needs may be medical, developmental or educational. Currently, government funding does not come close to covering the many and varied needs of these children. Needless to say, the economic climate in Ireland at the moment is not helping matters.
A raffle will be taking place in aid of the foundation and people in the Templemore area are likely to notice friends and family of Ciara and Denis collecting over the coming weeks. Further events are likely during the year in Templemore as those with fond memories of Ciara endeavour to support this worthy cause.
For further information on how to register for the Boyle Charity Duathlon in aid of the Ciara Grehan Foundation go to www.runireland.com/events/boyle-charity-duathlon