Urgent appeal for family hit by motor neurone disease

first_imgLinkedin NewsCommunityUrgent appeal for family hit by motor neurone diseaseBy Bernie English – February 24, 2020 2738 Previous articleCrack cocaine supermarkets causing chaosNext articleWeekend Siamsa le jazz piano quartet Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Twitter Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Jer and Jackie with their children Noah and FayeA YOUNG Limerick family who has been struck by the tragedy of motor neurone disease are set to benefit from an online appeal to restore a 300-year-old house.Jer Spillane (39) was diagnosed with the incurable disease last November and already he has lost the use of his hands and arms.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Married to Jackie, they have two children, Noah (7) and Faye (4) and with carpenter Jer now out of work and Jackie facing the prospect of giving up her SNA job in a school to be his carer, the family is facing financial ruin.Jackie is originally from Kilbehenny in County Limerick and the couple are trying to restore an old family farmhouse there in preparation for Jer’s inevitable deteriorationClose family friend, Jennifer O’Sullivan told the Limerick Post why she and others have started a ‘Go Fund Me’ campaign.“The family has been renting a house for the last ten years but there is no downstairs bathroom and the doors are not wide enough for a wheelchair, which Jer is going to need sooner or later.“There is no question but he will be in a chair but we’re hoping that it will not be before they can do up the Kilbehenny house to cater for his needs.“There’s no heating system in the house. It’s 300 years old and it’s not suitable for a wheelchair but it is a place they can call home.“The cost of doing it up to a standard that is suitable for someone in a wheelchair has been estimated at €150,000. They don’t have money and they can’t get any kind of loan or mortgage because Jer now has no income and Jackie will have to give up her job in time,” Jennifer explained.Nor can the family avail of any of the disability grants for renovations as they would have to have owned the house for a year.The family has already endured huge bereavements, losing three of their parents and Jer’s only sister who died in a drowning tragedy.“They are such a lovely close family who have suffered so much already. This is heartbreaking. They’re devoted to each other and their children,” said Jennifer.“This disease shouldn’t happen to anyone and certainly not to such lovely people”.In the first three days of the campaign, almost €18,000 was raised from generous donors.“We’ve been blown away by the response and we’re so moved by people’s generosity. But every euro counts and we have a long way to go. This is a heartfelt plea to give them a home where Jer can make the best of his life with his family.”See https://www.gofundme.com/f/jer-spillane-fund Email Print Advertisementlast_img read more

Derry man to be sentenced for sex offences

first_img Facebook Derry man to be sentenced for sex offences Previous articleMan had part of ear bit off during Tyrone GAA crowd troubleNext articleA5 on the agenda at crucial North South meeting News Highland Google+ Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Newsx Adverts Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter A 52-year-old Derry man has been told to expect a ‘significant custodial sentnece’ after he admitted 18 sex offences against four girls aged between 14 and 16.Martin Edward Coyle of 55, Bridge Street appeared at Derry Crown Court yesterday on 5 charges of indecent assault, 4 counts of gross indecency, 2 charges of unlawful carnal knowledge and 7 counts of indecent assault on a child.All the offences against the four victims took place between January 1 2008 and May 1 2008.The court was told that all the victims were vulnerable young women with significant problems in their backgrounds.The bulk of the offences occurred in Coyle’s Bridge Street home where he supplied the girls with alcohol and cigarettes.The court heard that he kept a large bottle of vodka on an optic in the house.It was said that all the victims were ‘voluntary visitors’ to the house and that alcohol was consumed by everyone.When arrested Coyle made admissions to the offences.Prosecuting counsel said that there offences were aggravated by the age differences between the parties and by the fact that Coyle made no attempt to ascertain what age the girls were.Judge Piers Grant adjourned sentencing of Coyle until next Friday and he remanded him in custody after warning him he will face a significant custodial sentence.center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp By News Highland – November 18, 2011 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+last_img read more