LizElizabeth McNicholas is a twenty-nine-year-old young woman who has been confined to bed for the past four years with acute scoliosis and other debilitating illnesses including brain and spinal problems. She has just 33% lung function as well as a hypothalamic / pituitary condition leading to adrenal insufficiency as well as sudden muscle weakness. 

Elizabeth was a camogie star before her illness and she struggles to bring some normality back to her life. She was first diagnosed with the condition in her leaving cert year at Coláiste Cois Life. She went on to do teacher training at St. Angela’s College in Sligo, unfortunately she has had to put that all on hold. 

Several surgical interventions in this country have proven unsuccessful and a referral by her consultant to the World renowned Acibadem Maslak Hospital in Istanbul, Turkey resulted in several life-saving spinal surgeries in the past year. Despite the fact that she was referred by her consultant, the Irish authorities have refused to fund her treatment, and that’s where we can make a difference. 

Family and friends have launched a fund-raising campaign to raise money to cover medical expenses and fund her ongoing treatment and rehabilitation. Elizabeth is a brave young woman who is fighting hard to live a normal life and to continue her studies in Sligo. 

She resides at her family home in Esker Park. Her family are well known in GAA circles. Lucan Sarsfields are holding a bumper TABLE QUIZ in support of Elizabeth on Friday February 15th at their clubhouse at the 12th Lock, Newcastle Road, at 8.30pm Sharp.
Tables of four cost €40 and there will be a major raffle on the night. 

You can also support Elizabeth by donating online at
If you prefer, drop in your donation to St. Mary’s Parish Office and we’ll make sure it reaches Elizabeth, just clearly mark the envelope “Elizabeth McNicholas appeal.” 
You can also visit the Team Elizabeth page on Facebook for full updates on the campaign. 

If enough people come forward each giving a little we can make a huge difference to this brave young woman, we can literally give her back her life. I can’t think of a better use for money, it’s the kind of ‘investment’ that will reap a heavenly reward! 

Fr. Philip Curran

February 7, 2019 - 10:03pm

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