Ian O’Connell presents cheque for over €19,000 to UHK’s Intensive Care Unit

Ian- vensible…The inspirational Ian O’Connell who sustained serious injuries in a cycle accident three years ago, continues to ‘stand out’ and give back so generously to his County and community, Ian who spent time in Kerry University Hospital ICU earlier this year, raised an incredible €19,366.00 for vital equipment for the Intensive Care Unit. Ian with his Dad Ian, presented the cheque to the department, from left, Betty Murphy, Deputy General Manager, Helena Behan, ADON for Critical Care, and Margaret Griffin, Critical Care Nurse ICU . Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan /Free pic

Killarney’s Ian O’Connell has presented a cheque for €19,366 to University Hospital Kerry’s Intensive Care Unit.

In 2017, when he was aged 16, Ian became paralysed from the neck down after falling off his bike in Killarney National Park.

He has needed much medical care since, including at UHK, and fundraised the money for the Intensive Care Unit, as he said the staff there saved his life on two occasions.

UFC star Conor McGregor donated €10,000 to the fundraiser.