Site bought for second-gen Irish daughters raises €10k for charity
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Site bought for second-gen Irish daughters raises €10k for charity

AN IRISH businesswoman who spent most of her life in Britain has donated the proceeds of her property sale to an Irish children's charity.

Catherine Harold, a Dublin-born great grandmother, fled poverty-stricken Ireland in the 1950s with her husband to start a new life in Britain.

In 1972 she bought a scenic site in Kiltegan, Co Wicklow for her two second-generation Irish daughters with the intention of eventually moving her family back to Ireland.

However, she subsequently remained in London where her daughters have since settled.

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Although Catherine herself is now back in Dublin, she decided to sell the 0.675 acres patch of land for €13,000, donating the proceeds to LauraLynn, Ireland's only hospice for children.

She told The Irish Independent: "My husband passed away in a hospice, where they did so much for him. The LauraLynn organisation runs Ireland's only children's hospice, so we could not think of a better cause than that."

The property was sold to self-employed north Dublin-based gas boiler serviceman Anthony Murphy for €13,000 who, by coincidence, has also bought it for his daughters, who are aged 10, 6 and 4.