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Thady’s thumbs-up for great pitch progress

Thady O’Sullivan checking out the Milltown-Castlemaine GAA Club development

A YOUNG Castlemaine man who is battling with a serious form of cancer ensured one of the first things he did when he returned home between treatments was to check out the great progress being made with a major development at his local GAA club.

Thady O’Sullivan donned his Milltown-Castlemaine colours to visit the latest phase of the local field development project which is part of a scheme that has already seen the provision of a new all-weather training pitch with plans for a new main pitch, stand, clubhouse and 650m walking track.

On the week of his 23rd birthday last December, Thady was diagnosed with a rare form of aggressive non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and he was referred for treatment to Cork University Hospital.

Having studied agricultural science and graduated at IT Tralee, Thady had just moved to Slovakia to study to become a vet when he began to feel unwell.

Following initial treatment in Slovakia, he returned home to his family and he was diagnosed after consulting with medical teams here. He has been receiving treatment since December but he has been able to spend some time at home which has lifted his spirits.

Thady requires a bone-marrow transplant which he will receive in St James’s Hospital in Dublin and, in keeping with his lively personality, he is remaining hugely positive throughout his cancer journey.

The cost of treatment is high and another factor is the significant cost of living in Dublin and, to assist with that, his friends and the Milltown-Castlemaine community organised a number of fundraisers and quickly reached the required target.

Milltown-Castleislaime GAA Club PRO, Deirdre O’Sullivan, said Thady, the son of Angela and Michael O’Sullivan from Rusheen, will soon travel to Dublin to continue his fight but he didn’t want to do so without calling to make a check on the progress of the local field at the weekend.

“We know that every single member of our club will wish him the very best as he continues his brave fight. His courage, bravery and grace is an inspiration to all of us, young and old,” said Deirdre.

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