During difficult times communities rally around those in need and in Milltown the entire community have done all they can to support the four Clifford boys who tragically lost their parents within months of each other.
adraig Clifford (46) passed away in early January following a short battle with cancer, just five months after the death of his wife – Elaine, also from cancer – a day before her 41st birthday.
Padraig and Elaine left behind four beloved sons: Patrick, Jack, Andrew and Conor.
Conor just started school in September, while their eldest son, Patrick (21), worked alongside Padraig in the family business.
Last Saturday the community once again rallied around to help the four boys by hosting a fundraising coffee morning.
Now, a close friend of both Elaine and Padraig’s has organised a coffee morning to help raise funds to build a future for the four boys as they come to terms with their heart-breaking loss.
Valerie Foley said that the death of both Elaine and Padraig ‘devastated’ the entire community in Milltown and beyond, and that the coffee morning at the The Nagle Rice Community Centre was a mark of respect for the family and a way of helping them as they come to terms with the huge and heart-breaking loss.
The three younger boys attend school in Milltown and the family live in An Tuarín Lin.
She said that the event was well supported throughout the day.
“It was a great success. We had some fantastic home baking and great entertainment by DJ Donal Clifford and Tony Moore.”
She said that the organisers are grateful for the donations, the home baking and to those that helped out on the day.
“A big thanks to everyone for supporting it.”
She said that the amount raised is not yet known but the full amount will be announced in the coming weeks when the donations are finalised.
Several fundraisers have taken place for the family since last August to help ensure the boys have financial security growing up following the loss of their beloved parents.