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Surge of support for terminally ill groom-to-be to wed fiancée

An incredible groundswell of support and generosity from businesses and individuals across the district has enabled a terminally ill groom-to-be and his fiancée to have the wedding of their dreams.

Just last week Tony Mulholland (36) from Forkhill was given the devastating news that he is suffering from terminal cancer.  Until now, he and his fiancée Kim Cunningham, like most couples, thought they had plenty of time to arrange their wedding.  Unfortunately the shock diagnosis has made the couple rethink their plans, prompting Tony to express his wish that he and Kim fulfill their dream of getting married.

Keen to help the stricken couple, family and friends got together to devise ways of raising funds that would enable them to have the wedding of their dreams.

A Gofundme page was set up and, in just two days, donations to the appeal had reached almost £5,000 of the £10k target.

Meanwhile, Kim’s sister-in-law, Cathy Cunningham, began organising a fundraising run/walk event, and announced the details via Facebook. 3

Outlining the purpose of the fundraiser, Cathy stated: “Like every young couple, my beautiful sister in law Kim and her fiancé Tony thought they had plenty of time to organise their dream wedding, but unfortunately that wasn’t to be, as Tony has just been diagnosed with terminal cancer. As a family, we would love if you could show your support to this amazing couple and their young family and help give them the wedding they both deserve.”

Within just a few hours, her request had obtained an amazing response as dozens of people, deeply moved by the heartbreaking story, got in touch to offer services and facilities free of charge to help the couple realize their dream.  Offers for every conceivable wedding requirement – from venues and cars to music and food – flooded in and, as a result, the entire wedding has been organized in just a few days, with the date set for Friday 4th March.

Buoyed by the huge support from the public, Cathy says the couple “are overwhelmed by the generosity of people and are so grateful for everything”, adding that the upcoming nuptials is giving Tony and Kim and their five young children something to focus on as they face an uncertain future.

The 10k run/5k walk will take place on Sunday 21st February, commencing at 12noon from Peadar Ó Doirnín GFC, Forkhill.  Entry fee is £10 or family rate of £20.  Light refreshments will be served in the club afterwards and everyone is welcome.

Meanwhile, donations to the fund can be made through the gofundme page at