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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Boston Irish Community Is Raising Funds for Katie O'Halloran of Galway

The Boston Irish community is coming together this month for Katie O'Halloran of Cill Chiarain, Connemara, Galway, a talented young woman who needs prosthetic arms to help her reach her full potential in life. 

The event takes place from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at the IBEW Hall on Freeport Street in Dorchester.

Katie was born with Femur Fibula Ulna Syndrome, a condition that left her without arms and with a deformed right leg.  She has overcome great physical challenges in her life and has become an accomplished young woman.  She traveled to New York to participate in a sports tournament for the physically challenged, and came away with nine gold medals.  In 2012 she graduated from the National University of Ireland in Galway, and is now earning a Master's Degree in Public Law.

A group formed in Galway,named "Katie Born to Run," has been organizing road races and other activities to raise funds.  A number of runners from Ireland are participating in this year's Boston Marathon to help raise funds for Katie's prosthetic arms and for the physiotherapy and occupational therapy she'll need in the coming years.  The group has already raised $300,000 of the $400,000 needed.

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh is honorary chairman of the the event, which features music by DJ Connie, and a raffle. The Katie O'Halloran Benefit is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all donations and contributions are tax deductible.

For more information call committee member Bill McGowan at 617 376-3252, or email

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