Bovine beauty hoofing it to livestock auction By Christy Parker
The Youghal Cancer Support Group’s livestock auction reaches has entered its final stages prior to the event itself in at Dungarvan Mart on Monday February 25th. The group is seeking to establish a support and drop-in centre in Youghal to assist those affected directly and indirectly by cancer, while alleviating the stress of travelling to more distant urban centres.
Meanwhile livestock donations continue to be offered. The farmers committee supporting the initiative reports an “overwhelmingly positive” response as they visited the farmyard registering donated animals. Willing to put their cow where their mouths are, farmers s committee members Tina and Anthony O’Driscoll from Clashadonagh, are donating Therese, an eight year old British Fresian cow.
The old cow has been named in honour of (not ‘after,’ you understand!) Cancer Support Group founder Therese O’Connell and will be auctioned by CRY livewire Noel ‘Shocks’ Cronin. “Noel calls to see and feed her regularly and has become very attached to her,” says Tina, in deference to the bovine Therese. Noel denies seeking permission to have his ESB van modified to facilitate a large hoofed animal so it seems a parting of the ways is inevitable despite the mutual admiration.
Other well-known names due to bring down the hammer at the fun event are broadcaster Ryan Tubridy and comedians Jon Kenny (D’Unbelievables) and Tony Coffey (Bachelors in Trouble). The support centre will aim to provide information, transport, social events and qualified counselling. A holistic approach is also envisaged to include massage, meditation, yoga and alternative therapies, to operate in conjunction with prescribed medical treatments.