Ireland's Eye: What's going on in the old sod this week


A Newcaste West couple who suffered four miscarriages miraculously conceived a baby girl after they underwent revolutionary fertility treatment in the U.K.

Michael and Sharon Noonan welcomed baby Hannah Rose into the world on Mother’s Day of this year after Sharon was treated for elevated natural killer (NK) cells in London.

The couple, who tragically suffered four miscarriages between 2006 and 2009, decided to try out the treatment after hearing the testimony on RTE of a woman who overcame a similar problem.

“A friend of mine heard a radio interview between Marian Finucane and a woman who had a number of miscarriages and who went to London for a test which identified that she had elevated NK cells,” Sharon Noonan said.

She travelled to the Lister Fertility Clinic in London and consulted with Dr. Yau Thum, a specialist in reproductive immunology who carried out a simple blood test.

The results found that Sharon had an elevated level of NK cells which were killing off her fetus each time she became pregnant.

Following her consultation with Thum, after Noonan became pregnant for a fifth time she received an intravenous blood product known as Intralipid, which is based on the first fat emulsion deemed safe for human use.

The treatment helped her maintain her pregnancy and, despite some kidney and liver problems, she gave birth to a healthy baby girl at the Mid West Regional Maternity Hospital on May of this year.
Sharon said that she and her husband want to share their story with other couples who may be enduring similar problems conceiving.

“The message I want to get out is, you can go and get this simple NK test done very easily. It’s inexpensive in the scheme of things,” she said.

“You hear about a lot of people who are being encouraged to go for IVF and want to try IVF, but sometimes it can be identified and treated thanks to this very inexpensive test.

“The test changed our lives. We’re so happy.”

Sharon said that she and her husband were enjoying every second of parenthood with Hannah, who is now almost six months old.

Reproductive immunology treatment is offered by a small number of clinics in Britain.
- Limerick Leader

Follow Rule 42

THE landmark GAA complex at Carrigoon, Mallow has issued a red card to both Mallow rugby and soccer clubs as it "must adhere to the national Rule 42.”

It's a blow just as much for Mallow GAA club as it is for the “foreign games” clubs who used the "invaluable facility,” especially during winter.

The GAA's Rule 42 prohibits the playing of field games which are not sanctioned by the GAA, and soccer and rugby fall into this.

Bartley Galvin, chairman of Mallow GAA club, confirmed that neither Mallow rugby club or soccer club are now using the facility at Carrigoon.

"The club is bound by the rule and the consequences of allowing rugby or soccer clubs would result in us incurring a big fine. We cannot allow that to happen," he said.

Galvin did acknowledge that the mass exodus of at least 110 rugby players alone would lead to a financial backlash on club coffers and would impinge on club finances. However, he stressed that Mallow GAA club must adhere to Rule 42.

"We could be removed from county competitions because of Rule 42.  Carrigoon is run by volunteers and it has created a facility for the community. We are providing facilities and services that are not available elsewhere," Bartley pointed out.

"People are also gainfully employed at Carrigoon. As a club, we are bound by Rule 42, and the club must do its very best to obey the national rules."

Tom Nyhan, PRO of Mallow rugby club said, "It is unfortunate that Rule 42 is preventing us from using the GAA facility. But this rule is in place, and it must be followed.”

At Croke Park, Alan Milton pointed out that "the rule book is there to be adhered to,” even though it may have a financial impact on the club.

"These players should never have been there in the first place. A rule book is there to be upheld," he said. 

The Corkman

Seeking Cat Homes

A WICKLOW animal lover is desperately seeking a home for 25 kittens in her care.

Catriona Leahy has been trying to lessen the problem of unwanted and feral cats by trapping, neutering and re-homing them in recent months.

Based in Aughrim, she travels throughout the county to take in cats and try to stop the growing number of stray felines. However, she has now found herself with around 25 kittens which are in need of new, loving homes.

Leahy is asking for the public's help in re-homing the cats, but would also love to hear from potential fosterers or anyone who could help her care for the animals.

The animal lover, who spent many years running a cat welfare charity in her native Scotland, is also urging pet owners to spay their animals to prevent the problem of stray and feral cats from escalating any further.

Bray People

Piggy Police Officer

A DOG breeder called a garda (police officer) a "smelly pig" when he was arrested for a drunken episode in a city park.

Joseph Berry, 36, was arrested after he also threatened to knock a Garda's head off in the Ballyfermot Park.