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Christy to headline benefit night in Howth for local woman Trish

Thursday, 23rd November, 2017 6:00pm
Christy to headline benefit night in Howth for local woman Trish

Christy Dignam will headline the benefit night in Howth. FILE PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

Christy to headline benefit night in Howth for local woman Trish

Christy Dignam will headline the benefit night in Howth. FILE PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

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ASLAN star Christy Dignam will headline a special benefit night in Howth this week to assist a local woman in her battle against ovarian cancer. 

‘Fight against the Big C’, in aid of Trish Dowd, will take place in K2, The Summit Inn, on Friday November 24 and features a jam-packed music line-up.

Having been diagnosed just two months ago, single mother-of-three Trish, from Howth, is now undergoing intensive weekly chemotherapy sessions and is now at Stage 3c. 

The special night has been organised by Trish’s close friends and members of the Howth community.

Up until her diagnosis, Trish, whose youngest children Caolfhionn (19) and Rowan (10) are fully reliant on their mom, worked full-time. 

“Being diagnosed with ovarian cancer has been one of the worst experiences of my life, but it has also provided many positives,” says Trish.

“I have been overwhelmed and humbled by the support and encouragement which I have received from so many people. The Gary Kelly Foundation in Drogheda in particular have been amazing.

“The process from my initial appointment with the GP to the diagnosis has been a whirlwind. 

“This particular form of cancer is genetic and it means that all the females in my family, including my daughter Rowan (10), will need to be tested.”

Trish is keen to encourage women to be aware of silent symptoms which can be vague and non-specific in the early stages: persistent bloating, lack of appetite, feeling full quickly, and abdominal and pelvic pain which can be felt on an almost daily basis.

The ‘Fight against the Big C’ event in Howth promises to be a night to remember for Irish music fans. 

Christy Dignam, who has faced his own ongoing battles against the ‘Big C’, will join a host of leading local Dublin bands such as ‘The Guilty Party’, ‘Hooligan, Mannheim Rockets’, ‘The Sketch Pistols’ and ‘Nuff Said’.

Tickets are just €15 and can be purchased from the Summit Inn, the Country Market Howth Village or on the night.

 The doors will open from 8.30pm on Friday, November 24, and raffle spot prizes will include hotel breaks away, dinner vouchers and lots more. 

Early booking is advised. For more information see, Fight the Big C, Trish Dowd Benefit Gig on Facebook.

Ovarian cancer is the sixth most common form of cancer in women and affects, on average, 360 people every year in Ireland. 

Trish Dowd

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