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One of the cheapest properties to sell in Limerick in recent months was a house in Moylish Crescent, Ballynanty Beg, for €9,000, while one of the most expensive was the €2 million

Derravoher house on the North Circular Road which has been bought by Villiers school to allow for further expansion.

Limerick Leader

Fearful Residents
RESIDENTS in Clarecastle are “living in fear” as feuding factions continue to battle it out in the village.

Last Tuesday night at approximately 10 p.m., masked men armed with slash hooks and other weapons attacked property in Clarecastle as terrified neighbors looked on in fear.  The incident lasted “minutes” and the house that was attacked was occupied at the time.

One resident was kept up most of the night with fear due to the feuding. The local said the incident frightened their children and has called for something to be done to remove those involved from the village.

“Residents are living in fear with all this feuding. They came down here last night wearing balaclavas and they smashed up a car and windows of the house with a slash hook. There is the imprint of the slash hook still on the door of the house. That door has been replaced four times at this stage.

“Residents down here have stopped paying rent to the council because of this. At this stage one of us is going to get killed down here. We are told that Ennis a safe town. I’d feel safer walking the streets of Limerick,” the resident claimed.

Gardai (police) confirmed there was CCTV of the incident and they have been analyzing it.

Clare Champion

Lucky Siblings

SIX siblings from Drumkerrin who all contracted polycystic kidney disease in their adult years count their blessings every day after each of them received a life saving kidney transplant.

Helen O’Neill (formerly O’Farrell) is one of six siblings who received kidney transplants. Now public relations officer for the Leitrim Kidney Association, she said, “We would all be dead only for our donors.”

This week is Organ Donor Awareness Week, and its aim is to highlight the need for people to carry a donor card and to discuss this wish with their nearest and dearest.

O’Neill said her mother died age 42, six months after being diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease. When she died she left behind 10 young children - six of which have had life saving kidney transplants for the same disease.

O’Neill explained that the disease which develops in adults is a forming of cysts on the kidney. The cysts keep growing, even if they have been removed, and they get bigger and bigger until the kidney can no longer function.

Her sisters Olive, Veronica and Joanne as well three brothers has had the disease. Two of her brothers have had kidney transplants and one is currently on dialysis.

O’Neill received her kidney transplant almost six years ago. Prior to her transplant she had been receiving hemodialysis treatment three days a week for three hours at a time at Sligo General Hospital. This involved a 25 mile journey for her treatment.

“Three hours of dialysis, with a half and hour prep work before and after,” three days a week meant O’Neill had to give up her career as a florist. 

Although it is not hereditary, O’Neill has nephews who are on dialysis for the same disease. She said it was in their later years that they discovered the disease, but it can now be detected much earlier. 

The Leitrim branch of the Irish Kidney Association hold two collections each year and the group works with just five volunteers.

Leitrim Observer