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Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk Presents A Night of Breast Cancer Research & Information on Wednesday October 25th

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Breast cancer researchers will discuss advances being made in the fight against breast cancer at a free event presented by the Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk in The Lakeside Hotel in Ballina on Wednesday October 25th.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and BREAST-PREDICT researchers Amelia Smith and Michelle Lowry, whose work is reliant on money raised through events like the Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk, will talk about their work and progress being made in diagnosing and treating breast cancer.

BREAST-PREDICT is a nationwide collaboration of breast cancer researchers, coming together with the aim to improve the lives of people diagnosed with breast cancer.

The event takes place from 7pm to 9pm on Wednesday October 25th and tea & coffee will be served on arrival.

Amelia will talk about her research project, which focuses on statins - medications that are widely used for cholesterol-lowering and the prevention of heart disease. She hopes to determine if they can also improve survival and outcomes in women with breast cancer. Michelle is studying a type of breast cancer called HER2-positive breast cancer. She is trying to find ways to determine which patients will respond to a new cancer drug called Neratinib. The goal is to better predict which therapies are best for each patient, thus giving all breast cancer patients the best possible chance at a long and healthy life.

The Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk, which ran from 2010 to 2016, served as a vitally important fundraiser for breast cancer research and raised €412,000 over seven years to fund the work of Irish Cancer Society’s researchers and also supports for people affected by breast cancer. In order to continue funding lifesaving research and free support services for cancer patients, new committee members are needed to help organise the highly popular event in 2018. Information on the 2018 walk and how you can get involved in the committee will be discussed at the talk.

Lorraine Toner, Community Fundraiser, Irish Cancer Society, said, “The Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk was hugely popular locally with pink fever taking over the village every year. People attended from Clare, Tipperary, Limerick and indeed further afield as the whole village got behind the initiative. We are so thankful to the committee who led out on the event for seven years, investing a huge amount of time and effort in to organising such a fantastic event while raising vital funds to support the fight against breast cancer. We would love to get the event up and running again next year to help fund more research and supports for breast cancer patients. For more information on how to get involved join us on October 25th or contact me on 087 793 6499.”

Isabella Bray, Research Manager at the Irish Cancer Society, who will also speak at the event, said, “Breast cancer is not just one disease, but rather a collection of different subtypes. Because of this, BREAST PREDICT researchers look at ways that treatments can be personalised to treat these specific types. This personalised approach to research has greatly improved the way breast cancer is now diagnosed. Better, earlier diagnosis increases a patient’s chance of survival. Today, survival rates for breast cancer have increased to 85% over five years.

“While increasing survival rates are hugely significant, we must not become complacent when it comes to stopping breast cancer in all its forms. Continued investment in research will mean better patient care, better outcomes, and will hopefully bring us one step closer to overcoming this disease. That is why the Irish Cancer Society’s continued investment in cancer research – funded through local community events like the Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk – is so essential. To hear more about breast cancer research and how you can help, please come along to this free event.”

Read Nenagh Guardian article here

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Posted on Friday, 20 October 2017  |  By Linda Higgins  |  0 comments

More than 500 People Registered for Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk on Sunday October 1st

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BOYNE VALLEY PINK RIBBON WALK OCTOBER 1ST 2017

THE HERITAGE TOWN OF KELLS TURNS PINK TO RAISE MONEY FOR ACTION BREAST CANCER

 

MORE than 500 men and women registered for the ninth year of the Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk in Kells on Sunday October 1st in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.

The participants ran and walked the sponsored 10 kilometre event route in and around the heritage town of Kells. The scenic 10km Run/Walk started and finished in the town centre and took in a route that included Maudlin Bridge and Cherry Hill before going cross country in to fields and the grounds and gardens of Headfort House and ending with participants travelling down the avenue, across Headfort Bridge and back in to Kells via the Slane Road. Some local landowners generously agreed to open their fields for the day - making the route an exclusive one.

The event was chipped and timed and the first male runner home was Conor McManus in a time of 42 minutes and 40 seconds and the first female runner home was Kay Smith in a time of 43.14. All of the participants' finishing times are published here

The aim of the Pink Ribbon Walks is to raise funds for Action Breast Cancer, a programme of the Irish Cancer Society that reaches over 25,000 women a year.

Since its inception in Kells in 2009, the Pink Ribbon Walk has turned in to a national movement with sister walks in Killaloe, Kinsale and Kenmare annually.

Between them, the Pink Ribbon Walks have raised almost €1.5 million to date for the Irish Cancer Society - funds that have been put towards scientific research programmes, a patient helpline, the Breast Predict programme, cancer literature, night nurses and other essential support services. Find more information here

The Walk was the brainchild of a group of local Kells women, some of whom have survived breast cancer themselves.

There were great prizes on offer to encourage participants to 'think pink' and dress in fancy dress and there were some very colourful outfits and accessories on display. Personal trainer, author and broadcaster Karl Henry was on hand to launch the event and lead a warm-up routine beforehand.

Following the event, participants were invited to a free Bank of Ireland Kells Enterprise Town Healthy Living Expo in the Headfort Arms and were also treated to to free food kindly sponsored by the Headfort Arms Hotel. The moving Pink Party featured tributes to attending breast cancer survivors and wonderful musical entertainment by Inspire Gospel Choir led by musical director Nessa Olohan. Irish Cancer Society CEO John McCormack was in attendance and spoke about the importance of fundraisers like the Pink Ribbon Walk in helping to advance cancer research.

The people, sporting clubs and businesses of Kells also rowed in behind the event and the town was a sea of pink balloons, flags, ribbons, poster and t-shirts in the weeks leading up to and on the day of October 1st.

“We would like to thank all of our participants, sponsors and volunteers - as well as everyone that sponsored a Walker,” said Committee Chairperson Penny McGowan. “It was fantastic to see so many new faces taking part this year, as well as welcoming back lots of familiar ones. A lot of voluntary work goes in to organising this event and we were delighted to have so many people participate this year - including plenty of men and many teams, families and three generations from one family.”

Participants were asked to try to raise some sponsorship for the Irish Cancer Society - with every cent raised going directly to the charity. You have until the end of November to continue to fundraise and to hand in your sponsorship money to any participating Bank of Ireland branch in Counties Louth and Meath. You can also lodge your money directly to the Pink Ribbon Walk bank account in Bank of Ireland Kells (details are on your sponsorship card). For further information, phone 046 924 0055.

Lastly, save the date of Sunday October 7th 2018 for the TENTH annual Pink Ribbon Walk!

Watch this lovely Meath Daily video from the day here

View hundreds of fantastic photographs from the day on our Facebook page here

 

 

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Posted on Tuesday, 10 October 2017  |  By Linda Higgins  |  0 comments

Join us for Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk on Sunday October 1st 2017

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Here is all the information that you need to know about the Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk on Sunday October 1st 2017! 

 

Sign up for the Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk in Kells on Sunday October 1st

 

Popular Personal Trainer, Author and Broadcaster Karl Henry will be greeted by a sea of pink when he visits Kells to launch the 2017 Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk on Sunday October 1st!

Many local shops and businesses have gone to great lengths to dress their windows in pink to support the annual event.

Participants are asked to 'think pink' ahead of the fun fundraising 10km Run & Walk in aid of the Irish Cancer Society and there are some super prizes up for grabs - kindly sponsored by Gormley Pharmacy - for the First Man and First Woman over the finish line, the Best Dressed Individual and the Best Dressed Team. 

Call in to The BookMarket Kells to browse the range of Pink Ribbon Walk Merchandise for sale - with all proceeds going to the Irish Cancer Society. Choose from Hoodies (€25 in small, medium, large and extra large), Caps (€8) or Morfs (€5). Wear your pink with pride at the Run/Walk! 

You can also support the cause by attending the following fundraising events: a Coffee Morning from 10am to 12 noon on Thursday September 28th in Solstice Arts Centre Navan, a Pink Cupcake Promotion Day in Mason's Apron in Kells on Friday September 29th and an Afternoon Tea/Coffee & Pink Cupcakes in Bakealicious in Navan on Saturday September 30th. More Coffee Mornings will take place on Friday September 29th in AIB Navan, Bank of Ireland Kells and the Headfort Arms Hotel.

You can also sign up for the event at The Pink Ribbon stand in O'Brien's SuperValu in Kells from 3.30pm to 6.30pm on Friday September 29th.

Please note that the route - which takes participants from the heritage town of Kells to Maudlin to Headfort and back to Kells - is exclusively open to participants on the day, with thanks to the local landowners for giving permission to use their lands.

Karl Henry will be in attendance on the day to help participants warm up from 1.45pm and to launch the Pink Ribbon walk/run at 2pm. Karl will also be in attendance at the free Bank of Ireland Healthy Living Expo in the Headfort Arms Hotel after the Walk finishes. Participants can also enjoy the post-Walk celebrations - with free refreshments (generously sponsored by the Headfort Arms Hotel) and music by the Inspire Gospel Choir. 

The entry fee for the Run/Walk is €20 – which includes a t-shirt, chipped race number, medal and post-race refreshments and entertainment – and all participants are also invited to try to raise some sponsorship money for the Irish Cancer Society. Your fundraising for the Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk goes directly to the Irish Cancer Society to provide a wide range of vital services to patients and their families. For example, €3 can help print 10 Reduce The Risk Of Cancer booklets, €20 can help provide cancer support and information through the helpline and website, €60 can offer four lifts to hospital treatment for a patient, €100 can ensure continuous investment in cancer research and €350 provides an Irish Cancer Society Night Nurse to care for patients during the last days of their life. Find out more information about the event and register online at www.pinkribbonwalk.ie or pick up an entry form in local shops and businesses and participating Bank of Ireland branches in Louth and Meath. 

 

Online registrations are open until midnight on Friday September 29th. If you register after midnight on Wednesday September 27th, there won't be time to post out your sponsorship card, but it will be ready for you to collect at the Check-In Desk in the Bank of Ireland in Kells on the weekend of the Walk. If you have already registered, you can also collect your t-shirt and race number at the Check-In Desk at the Bank of Ireland on John Street in Kells between 3pm and 6pm on Saturday September 30th or between 11.30am and 1.30pm on the morning of the walk on Sunday October 1st. If you have already collected your sponsorship money, then you can also hand it in at the Check-In Desk or at participating Bank of Ireland branches. Thank you for your support and see you in Kells on Sunday!  

Find more information about the Boyne Valley Finale & Kells Enterprise Town Healthy Living Expo here.

 

 

 

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Posted on Sunday, 24 September 2017  |  By Linda Higgins  |  0 comments

Lady Captain's Charity Lunch in Headfort Golf Club on Wednesday August 23rd

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The 2017 Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk will take place in Kells in County Meath on Sunday October 1st (more details to follow shortly). The Walk will be officially launched at a Lady Captain's Charity Lunch in Headfort Golf Club at 1pm on Wednesday August 23rd and all are welcome to attend. Enjoy a Kir Royale Reception, a Summer Buffet and Entertainment. Add something 'pink' to your favourite outfit - with a prize up for grabs for Best Pink Lady! Tickets are €35 each and are available from Lady Captain Fiona on 087 205 5117 or Jess on 087 903 4792. We hope to see you there... 

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Posted on Sunday, 2 July 2017  |  By Linda Higgins  |  0 comments

Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk Takes A Break Until 2018

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Did you know that over the last seven years that the Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk has raised in excess of €400,000 for Action Breast Cancer and the Irish Cancer Society? Our sincere thanks to all of our volunteers, sponsors, walkers and fundraisers! The committee that organises the event has decided to take a break this year - but we promise to return with renewed energy and enthusiasm and we will host a Walk in June 2018. Meanwhile, thanks again to everyone for their support. 

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Posted on Monday, 22 May 2017  |  By Linda Higgins  |  0 comments

Download ‘Put on the Pink Ribbon’ - a feel-good summer song in aid of the Irish Cancer Society

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Teacher hopes ribbon track will be No.1 material

Download ‘Put on the Pink Ribbon’ - a feel good summer song in aid of the Irish Cancer Society

A teacher in Tipperary is hoping that he can get his charity single to the top of the charts this summer and make it the first fundraising song to reach the acclaimed number one spot outside of the Christmas period.

Chris Stoodley, a teacher working in an ASD unit in Portroe N.S., Tipperary, co-wrote the song ‘Put on the Pink Ribbon’ with Monika Fallon and is releasing if for download in the hopes of a chart hit that will raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

Chris, a former contestant on the Voice of Ireland, previously performed the song at the Pink Ribbon Walk in Killaloe, Co. Clare, a major fundraiser for the Society. He has now recorded the track with his band Boho, made up of Monika Fallon, Norma Manly, Cathal Reynolds, Mike O’Brien and Sean Cunningham all from Killaloe and Ballina in Co. Tipperary, and also local choir, The Gunas with Paul Sheeran on piano.

The single - which will be available to download from iTunes and Spotify from Friday May 5th for €1.50 - was recorded for free at Pine Valley Studios, Killaloe by Joe O'Dubhghaill and Chris is hopeful that it will claim the number one spot in the Irish charts the following Friday May 12th.

Chris said, “Five months ago my daughter was born, so now I have a precious daughter, wife, mother, nanny and sister in my life - all very important women and the reason why I want to support women with breast cancer. A charity single has never made it to number one outside of the festive period so I’m hoping we can get to the top of the charts and raise important funds to support people affected by breast cancer through the work of the Irish Cancer Society.”

As part of the launch of the single, Chris and colleague Niamh Egan and Guna’s member and Pink Ribbon committee member Nicola Wood are organising an Eclectic Pinknic Festival at Flanagan’s on the Lake in Ballina/Killaloe on Saturday May 6th from 2pm. Chris and his band will perform the song as part of a fantastic line-up of musical acts including The Frank and Walters. There will also be entertainment at the family-friendly event, including golf and hurling target shooting in to the river Shannon, a landscape art competition, zorbing on water, face painting, raffle and an auction amongst other things.

To download the song, visit iTunes here

Pictured left to right are Mike O'Brien, Chris Stoodley, Nicola Woods, Cathal Quinn (owner of Flanagans), Annette Neill, Cathal Reynolds, Monika Fallon and Norma Manly.

 

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Posted on Wednesday, 26 April 2017  |  By Linda Higgins  |  0 comments

Kinsale Paints the Town Pink for Annual Pink Ribbon Fundraiser

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Kinsale Paints the Town Pink for the Annual Pink Ribbon Fundraiser!

Ireland's Gourmet Capital turned in to a sea of pink on Sunday March 5th 2017 for the Annual Pink Ribbon Walk. The sponsored 10km run/walk in aid of Action Breast Cancer and the Irish Cancer Society is one of the town’s best supported events and this year was no exception.

“We were thrilled to see such a fantastic turn out. More than 750 people registered for this year’s walk and - despite the weather - we had a tremendous turn out. Year after year, the support gets bigger and better and this is a testament to this close-knit community - where many of its members have been affected first hand by the disease. Walks like this can go a long way towards ensuring that the support is there for those who face this battle,” said Mary Kirby O'Donovan, Committee Chairperson.

Pink Ribbon Ambassador and singer Sharon Crosbie once again loaned her support and good cheer to lead the walk along with Martina O’ Brien of the Cork Senior Ladies Football Team. Last year's Walk raised a whopping €43,000 and it is estimated that this year’s figure is in or around €35,000.00 -  with some more funds yet to be collected. Every single Euro raised will make a difference to people with cancer and their families throughout Ireland. 

Every three minutes in Ireland, someone gets a cancer diagnosis. Every hour, someone dies from cancer. In County Cork alone, more than 4,000 people will hear the words 'you have cancer' this year. Events such as this one are vital to ensure that cancer patients will have access to cutting edge treatments and the best possible care.

“This year, over 30,000 people in Ireland will develop cancer and over 8,000 will die of the disease” added Eileen Kearney, Community Fundraising Manager for Irish Cancer Society.

For further information and photographs, please contact Mary Kirby O'Donovan on 086 352 1860. 

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Posted on Tuesday, 21 March 2017  |  By Linda Higgins  |  0 comments

Sign up for Kinsale Pink Ribbon Walk on Sunday March 5th

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Come join us in picturesque Kinsale in County Cork on Sunday March 5th 2017 to walk or run 10 kilometres to benefit Action Breast Cancer - a programme of the Irish Cancer Society. In 2016, you raised an amazing €43,000 for Action Breast Cancer.

Where your sponsorship goes:

€20 can help provide cancer support and information through our helpline or website

€60 can offer four lifts for a cancer patient, taking them to and from hospital for chemotherapy treatment 

€350 provides an Irish Cancer Society Night Nurse for a night to care for cancer patients across the country in their own home during the last days of their life.

The RUN starts at 11:45am and the WALK starts at 12 noon. You can pick up an entry form in many local shops and businesses, including Collins Pharmacy and O'Connor's Pharmacy or you can register online here.

We have compiled everything that you need to know about our event in our FAQs section here. Have a query? Please don't hesitate to contact us on 086 271 9556 or email kinsale@pinkribbonwalk.ie

We look forward to welcoming you to Kinsale on Sunday March 5th! 

 

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Posted on Thursday, 9 February 2017  |  By Linda Higgins  |  0 comments

Boyne Valley Walk Raises €38,650 for Action Breast Cancer!

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Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk raises €38,000 for Action Breast Cancer!

The Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk Committee and its main sponsor Specsavers Navan recently presented a cheque for €38,650 to Action Breast Cancer - a programme of the Irish Cancer Society. The money was raised by the almost 600 runners and walkers that participated in this year's event in Kells in County Meath on Sunday October 2nd 2016.

Since its inception in Kells in 2009, annual walks have taken place in three different regions (Kells, Killaloe and Kinsale) to raise more than €1.5 million in sponsorship money for the Irish Cancer Society. The money raised has helped and will help the Society to fund a range of vital services, including the Society’s Collaborative Cancer Research Centre BREAST-PREDICT, the National Cancer Helpline Freefone on 1800 200 700, breast cancer information literature, night nursing facilities, a free transport scheme called Care to Drive and many other essential support services.

“The Society would like to express its sincere thanks to the Boyne Valley Walk Committee and to all of the participants in the event for raising these vital funds to allow us to continue our work," said Irish Cancer Society Community Fundraiser Brenda McCarthy at the cheque presentation.

More Pink Ribbon Walks are planned in Kinsale, Killaloe and Kells this year and the date for the Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk is Sunday October 1st 2017. The committee would like to sincerely thank all of the participants, volunteers and sponsors – particularly Specsavers Navan - that made this fundraising possible. Find more information about the important work of the Irish Cancer Society at www.cancer.ie 

(Pictured at the cheque presentation are - left to right: Dee Sloane from Specsavers Navan, Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk Chairperson Penny McGowan and Darren Connolly from Specsavers Navan).  

 

 

 

 

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Posted on Tuesday, 31 January 2017  |  By Linda Higgins  |  0 comments

More Than 600 People Sign Up For Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk 2016!

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BOYNE VALLEY PINK RIBBON WALK 2016

THE HERITAGE TOWN OF KELLS TURNS PINK TO RAISE MONEY FOR ACTION BREAST CANCER

MORE than 600 men and women took part in the eighth year of the Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk on a beautiful sunny day in Kells last Sunday October 2nd in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.

The participants ran and walked the sponsored 10 kilometre event route in and around the heritage town of Kells. The scenic 10km Run/Walk started and finished in the town centre and took in a route that included Maudlin Bridge and Cherry Hill before going cross country in to fields and the grounds and gardens of Headfort House and ending with participants travelling down the avenue, across Headfort Bridge and back in to Kells via the Slane Road. Some local landowners generously agreed to open their fields for the day - making the route an exclusive one.

The event was chipped and timed and the first male runner home was Michael Reilly in a time of 35.19 and the first female runner home was Ruta Balciune in a time of 42.54. 

The aim of the Pink Ribbon Walks is to raise funds for Action Breast Cancer, a programme of the Irish Cancer Society that reaches over 25,000 women a year.

Since its inception in Kells in 2009, the Pink Ribbon Walk has turned in to a national movement with sister walks in Killaloe, Kinsale and Kenmare annually.

Between them, the Pink Ribbon Walks have raised over €1.5 million to date for Action Breast Cancer - funds that have been put towards scientific research programmes, a patient helpline, the Breast Predict programme, cancer literature, night nurses and other essential support services. Visit www.cancer.ie for more information.

The Walk was the brainchild of a group of local Kells women, some of whom have survived breast cancer themselves.

There were great prizes on offer to encourage participants to 'think pink' and dress in fancy dress and there were some very colourful outfits and accessories on display. Walk Patron Colm O'Rourke thanked the crowds before they set off on the route and fitness instructor David Moran of The Fit Factory led a fun warm-up routine. Finally, Celtic Tenor Matthew Gilsenan sang a rousing rendition of Nessun Dorma and then the countdown to the start began.

Following the event, participants were treated to free food kindly sponsored by the Headfort Arms Hotel and musical entertainment provided by Inspire Gospel Choir led by musical director Nessa Olohan.

The people, sporting clubs and businesses of Kells also rowed in behind the event and the heritage town was a sea of pink balloons, bras, flags, ribbons, posters, t-shirts and painted logos and artwork in the weeks leading up to and on the day of October 2nd.

“We would like to thank all of our participants, sponsors and volunteers - as well as everyone that sponsored a Walker,” said Committee Chairperson Penny McGowan. “It was fantastic to see so many new faces taking part this year, as well as welcoming back lots of familiar ones. A lot of voluntary work goes in to organising this event and we were delighted to have so many people participate this year - including plenty of men and many teams, families and three generations from one family.”

Participants were asked to try to raise some sponsorship for Action Breast Cancer and the Irish Cancer Society - with every cent raised going directly to the charity. Please hand in any outstanding sponsorship to the Kells Chamber of Commerce Office in Kells Business Park or to The BookMarket Café on Market Street. You can also lodge your money directly to the Pink Ribbon Walk bank account (details are on your sponsorship card). For further information, phone us on 046 924 0055.

Our thanks to the members of Kells Camera Club for the fantastic photographs. View more images here

Shay Casserley has also compiled a lovely video of the day. View it here. Thanks to video sponsors Hogans Farm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted on Friday, 11 November 2016  |  By Linda Higgins  |  0 comments

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