Stephanie Cunningham Donates Hair to Rapunzel Foundation

14 year old Stephanie Cunningham was getting her hair cut for returning to school but decided to start her new school year off by doing something selfless for a child she has never even met nor is likely to meet.

Stephanie, daughter of Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham, donated her long hair to the Rapunzel Foundation after reading about it online two weeks ago.

Her father Tom said “She only told me and her mother what she had decided to do the night before and that was only because she had a list of instructions in her hand and we asked her what they were.”

To donate your hair to the Rapunzel Foundations you have to give your local hairdresser and list of steps to follow.

  • Hair has to be at least 14” when straightened
  • You have to wash, condition your hair the night before and the salon should straighten it on arrival
  • Salon should tie the hair with bobbins along the 14” and then cut above it ensuring hair has bobbins at either end to ensure it stays together
  • Place in a plastic sandwich bag and send to Rapunzel Foundation

14″ Ponytail will be sent to Rapunzel Foundation

Stephanie’s father said “she had it all worked out. Her hair was almost down to her waist so we weren’t sure if she would go through with it as it would be a major change for her but she was determined and her mother and I could not be more proud of her. It is not every teenage girl that could to do something like this especially for someone anonymous but Stephanie did.”

Tom said “Stephanie is a selfless young woman and very determined when she feels something is the right thing to do.  She wouldn’t stand by if someone needed something she had, even her hair. I shouldn’t have been surprised at her doing something like this but she can just leave me speechless sometimes. I’m so proud.”

Before the hair cut

The Rapunzel Foundation helps children suffering from alopecia, a condition that leaves them bald and unable to grow hair. To have wigs made from real hair gives them more confidence in their appearance than synthetic wigs and it is especially important for young people to have wigs that are as realistic as possible, in terms of self-confidence and self-esteem.

The Rapunzel Foundation is located in New Ross County Wexford.

Cllr Tom Cunningham: Ardee Watermain To Be Upgraded

Following the latest water outage on Dublin Road, Ardee, Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham  sought assurances from Irish Water that they would fix the problem permanently and not just do ‘another patch job’.

Cllr Cunningham said “there have been numerous incidences of water disruption as a result of a particular watermain bursting on the Dublin Road in Ardee. Many households are affected each time. I contacted Irish Water asking that they sort this problem once and for all and look into replacing or upgrading this stretch of pipe as it is obviously no longer fit for purpose.”

Cllr Cunningham welcomed the response from Irish Water. “They said funding has been approved to replace the problematic pipe and over the next 6-12 months, Irish Water and Louth County Council will follow the process of a site investigation, design, construction and commissioning. Hopefully between then and now we will have no more problems with this pipe but at least there is an end in sight to the uncertainty that face residents of the area regarding their water supply.”

Cllr Tom Cunningham Congratulates Clogherhead Bloom Winner Dunne

Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham has congratulated the 2018 Show Garden winner at Bord Bia’s Bloom.

Andrew Christopher Dunne won the competition for his ‘Sustainable Seafood Garden’ last week.

Seafood Garden Winner (pic via Agriland)

Cllr Cunningham said “well done Andrew. You have done Clogherhead proud. Andrew’s garden tells the story of coastal communities and their way of life and the importance of fish. At a time when coastal communities are under pressure economically and the fishing industry here is facing decimation, Andrew has reminded us of the sustainability of fish and the way of life of these areas. Clogherhead is a very proud fishing village and Andrew has made a beautiful garden feature which reflects the beauty of the area in which we live. A very deserving winner.”

Seafood Garden winner (pic via press reader)

The winning entry was an elaborate water feature with shimmering fish sculptures and an ‘upcycled’ fishing boat which doubles as a kitchen.

Cllr Cunningham: Stay Focussed on Facts in Cameron Case

Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham has asked the public to stay focussed on the facts in the Cameron Reilly investigation and to assist Gardaí in whatever way they can. This follows false reports that Cameron’s phone had been found.

Cllr Cunningham said “It has NOT been found. I would ask that members of the public in the surrounding areas of Dunleer and further afield if necessary, to please remain vigilant and to check in and around their property, especially gardens, bins or skips, in case it has been thrown there. It is an Apple iPhone 8x with a green hard back cover although that may have been removed.  Gardaí are very anxious to retrieve the phone.”

Cllr Cunningham also criticised a report in today’s Irish Mirror online in relation to the tragic case. He said “according to reports in the Irish Mirror, a ‘source’ told them that one of the groups that were present on Saturday night were ‘hardcore’ and ‘fancied themselves as republicans.’ This is a sinister attempt by that media outlet to use the case of Cameron Reilly to score some sort of political point and to further demonise those who happen to have a political goal that differs from theirs.”

Cllr Cunningham encouraged people to “ignore stories like this, this only serves to distract the public from the real issue which is to find out what happened to Cameron and to catch those responsible so they can be brought to justice and hopefully give his family some kind of peace of mind during this awful time.”

Cllr Cunningham also said “I would call on the Irish Mirror to hand over to the Gardaí, whatever information they have on this case, and they seem to have information that no-one else has.”

Councillors Pearse McGeough and Ruairí Ó Murchú attended a vigil held for Cameron along with Imelda Munster TD. “It was a very moving experience to see the outpouring of grief, disbelief and the support for the family. Dunleer was and is a great place to live and this awful tragedy in no way reflects the sense of community of the area.”

“I want to ask the public once again, if you know anything no matter how small or insignificant you think it is, please contact the Gardaí in Drogheda on 041-987 4200 or you can ring the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

“We need to find out what happened to this young man who had his whole life ahead of him. Any information you have could be vital to the investigation. Do not get distracted by those who seek to use this for their own ends. Let’s keep focussed on Cameron and justice.”

Tomás Sharkey: Ardee to get Ambulance Service they Deserve

Sinn Féin County Councillor Tomás Sharkey raised the issue of the Ardee Ambulance Station with the HSE.

Councillor Sharkey said “Over recent months my colleague Cllr Tom Cunningham has received local concerns at the condition of the building that ambulance staff use in Ardee. The building is in poor condition and is not suitable for staff or equipment. It is important that a proper facility is put in place so staff and equipment are in the right location at the right time to help save lives.
“I raised the issue with the HSE and received a written response. Officials tell us that a design team is to be assembled and the process of providing a proper service will continue from there. It is important that no delay should take place in the proposed works and that the staff and public get the Ambulance service we deserve.”