Message from Niamh and Ronan

The importance of community to us

We have been overwhelmed by the support from friends and family since we found out that our growing family has been joined by the disease of Type 1 diabetes. It’s joined us, as, right now, there’s no cure. So we manage it- and Daire manages it- every day.

What we have discovered, since the diagnosis, the power of community- whether in person or via social media- and what a difference it’s made to our lives. We’ve discovered that with your support around us, we can do so much to give Daire what she needs in terms of our love and care.  This community- you- is what’s going to keep us going, and this is why we’re inviting you to do what you can. We’re not seeking something beyond what you already have- we’ve already received so much already- but what we’re inviting you to do is help achieve our goals.

If you want to donate, please do. Every cent and dollar you give will be added together for JDRF. If you want to run, cycle or swim, we don’t care if you finish first or last. Your support through your actions and your participation will do so much to help us carry on this ridiculous challenge. Please…do what you can. I guarantee it’ll make a difference.


“Type 1 diabetes is associated with serious health complications including heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, stroke and amputation, as well as reduced life expectancy.”

I’m not going to lie to you…. I nearly always cry when I read that sentence about Type 1 diabetes.

Yes, there have been major advances in the treatment and support of Type 1 diabetes. We, as the parents of a recent recipient of this treatment and support are forever grateful.

The truth is, both Niamh and I don’t really know what lies ahead for Daire.

Yes, a cure is out there.

I’m not a doctor or researcher, so I’m not going to find the cure through research.

But, if you know me, you know I’m not going to idly sit by, hoping someone else does something.

My thing is running, swimming, and cycling and pushing myself to my limits.  So, I’ve chosen to embark on this challenge as a way of supporting Daire on hers.

If by doing these events I can help bring forward the day that a cure is found by one day, one month, or one year that Daire, Sadhbh or other Type 1 diabetes sufferers have to deal with their disease, then I know I will have done the best I can and played a tiny part.

Thank you on behalf of our family for all your support in this journey.

Learn more about Type 1 Diabetes

Learn more about JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)

Learn more about groundbreaking JDRF  Research

5 thoughts on “Message from Niamh and Ronan

  1. Jodie O'Doherty says:

    Well said, well done and we will support/join you when ever we can.

    Love to all

    The O’Ds

  2. Urs says:

    Niamh & Ronan
    inspirational guys ! Love your enthusiastic, adventurous, fun loving approach to life 😀
    Let’s go find this Cure xxx
    Love Urs xxx

  3. Hamish says:

    You both never cease to inspire with your dedication, love, passion and commitment. Keep up the great work ! H&O xoxo

  4. Eve says:

    You guys are an inspiration. Both outstanding parents.
    Well done Ronan and thanks for putting up with him Niamh.
    I know you’ll complete the challenge with flying colours and Daire will benefit in the long run.
    Best of luck guys. We are fully behind you.
    Looking forward to doing the last few events.

  5. Joan Jordan says:

    Wow! Respect to you both. Niall and I want to do whatever we can to support the fight for a cure. Hugs to Daire! X JJ

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