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Tuesday 24 April 2018

Howth walk to support Fiachra's family

A WALK has been organised to support the family of former Priory Hall resident Fiachra Daly, who tragically took his own life in July.

Proceeds from the Big Howth Walk 2013 will go to Mr Daly's brave widow, Stephanie Meehan, organisers have said.

Ms Meehan has battled tirelessly for the former residents of the condemned apartment complex, built by disgraced charlatan developer Tom McFeely.

In October 2011, Dublin City Council declared the building a fire trap, capable of being engulfed in flames in less than three minutes.

Ms Meehan was left to raise her two children, Oisin (7) and Cerys (2), alone after Mr Daly took his life, following financial pressure and anxiety caused by the complex's closure.

She told the Herald that she appreciated the efforts of the people of Howth who helped to organise the event, which will take place on December 1.

"A few of our friends from the local businesses in Howth have organised it," she said.

"They've been so generous with their time.

"They formed a committee and meet each week.

"They've given their precious time selflessly.

"I've had absolutely nothing to do with the organisation, they're an amazing group of friends and we'll be forever grateful. "Fiachra would be honoured as we are."

Funding from the €10 registration fee will go to the family and there will also be a bucket collection on the day with all proceeds going to Barnardo's.

WRISTBANDS

The organising committee has ordered 1,600 yellow wristbands to be given out on the day.

All of the wristbands have been inscribed with the words "Fiachra 2013".

It's expected that the walk around the hill of Howth will take around three hours.

Organisers have said that they are hoping for a large turnout.

lbyrne@herald.ie

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