Tim and Ian help cause close to their hearts

Ian O’Connell and Tim O’Sullivan presenting the cheque to Edel Lambe, (centre) of the National Rehabilitation Hospital along with Pat Curran, Lough Lein Anglers, Tim O’Brien, Ring of Kerry Cycle, Jerry Dwyer, Lee Strand (sponsor), Bridget McGuire, Chairperson, Ring of Kerry Cycle, Phil Horan, Lough Lein Anglers, , Corrie O’Flaherty and Padraic Coghlan, Lough Lein Anglers.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

ANGLERS were tempted to cast their lines in Killarney for a very worthy cause this year and they took the bait hook, line and sinker.

The annual open wet fly charity event organised by Lough Lein Anglers Association was a huge success this year with all proceeds going to the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dún Laoghaire Co Dublin.

Anglers getting ready at Ross Castle for the Lough Lein Anglers Association annual open wet fly fishing competition.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

It’s 35 years since life-changing injuries sustained in an accident at work left avid Lough Lein angler Tim O’Sullivan reliant on a wheelchair but, in the three and a half decades since that fateful day, the well-known Killarney man has become a passionate advocate for the wheelchair accessibility campaign.

He joined forced with inspirational Killarney teenager Ian O’Connor, also a wheelchair user, to promote this year’s charity event as a way to say thank you to the National Rehabilitation Hospital where they both benefited from expert care and treatment.

To say the end result surpassed their wildest dreams is not an exaggeration as an amazing €36,711 was raised on the day and the fund was further enhanced with a €10,000 contribution from this year’s Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle.

Tim O’Sullivan is chairman of the organising committee of the Lough Lein Anglers Association’s annual charity fishing competition which, over the past 32 years, has raised over €265,000 for deserving charities.

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