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.

Dublin District Court heard he was well-known in the locality for raising small dogs and having a drink problem.

Berry, of Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty to breach of the peace and public drunkenness at Le Fanu Park on August 17.  Judge Victor Blake fined him €320.

The prosecuting garda told the court Berry had a can of beer in his hand, was "highly intoxicated" and was a danger to himself and others when he was stopped at 3:45 p.m.

"He became very abusive and he threatened me. 'I will knock your head off if you touch me, you dirty smelly pig," the garda said.

Solicitor Lorraine Stevens said that while Berry had a very bad alcohol addiction, he had no previous convictions. He had been earning money from raising dogs but did not work.

Blake remarked that the accused had said "dreadful things" to the garda.

Berry apologized for his "completely unreasonable behavior" on the day.
Evening Herald

Crazy Over Chicken

A YOUNG man who paid compensation for the damage he caused to a fridge in a supermarket after he got into a dispute over a chicken be bought was given "a chance" by Judge Kevin Kilrane at Ballymote Court.

Norman Monaghan of Ballymote, was summoned by Garda Patrick Naughton for committing criminal damage on March 22, 2010.

The court was told that the defendant went into the supermarket. There was an altercation and he took items out of a refrigerator and threw them down.

Defending solicitor Karina Carty said there was €450 damage to the refrigerator. Monaghan had an addiction problem and over the summer he received treatment. He had held his hands up, was very embarrassed and paid compensation.

Asked why he damaged the refrigerator, Monaghan told Kilrane that he got a chicken that was out of date. He "basically got into an argument.”

Kilrane told the defendant that he would give him a chance, and applied the Probation Act.
The Sligo Champion

Cancer Breakthrough

A NORTH Wexford Doctor is leading a team that has pioneered a new combination treatment for an aggressive form of prostate cancer.

Dr. Joe O'Sullivan, of Scarnagh, Inch, who is conducting the research with a team at Queen's University Belfast, said that the new technique could possibly be applied to certain other types of cancer such as breast cancer.

“It's quite a novel approach,” he said. “It hasn't been done this way before. It's the first time this combination has been used. Breast cancer would probably be the other type of cancer where this might work, but it's still early days. Clinical tests take a long time, and you have to go quite slowly.”

The treatment, aimed at men with an advanced and aggressive form of prostate cancer which has spread to the bone, is the first of its kind to be developed. It combines traditional chemotherapy treatments with two doses of a radioactive chemical which can target areas of the bone affected by prostate cancer.

Aggressive and advanced prostate cancer is responsible for more than 10,000 deaths each year in Ireland and the U.K.

The results of the first phase of the trial, which are published in the European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, demonstrate that it is safe and feasible to combine multiple injections of the radioactive chemical (Rhenium-186 HEDP) along with standard chemotherapy in men with an aggressive form of prostate cancer.

O'Sullivan is consultant and senior lecturer in clinical oncology at the Center for Cancer Research and Cell Biology at Queen's University, and leader of the study.

- New Ross Standard