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

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.


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.