A man battling motor neurone disease is looking to raise money this Christmas to help with his condition.
Dad Shane McMahon, who recently turned 40, was diagnosed with the illness in October this year.
Father to young son Clarke, two, Shane also has a baby on the way in January with fiancee Roslyn.
The money raised will be used to support his future medical care costs, medical equipment costs and to help modify and adapt his home. The total goal is €50,000 and at the time of writing, just over €14,250 had been raised by 120 people over five days.
With motor neurone disease, special nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control important muscle activities like walking, speaking and breathing stop working properly. There is no known cure.
Now the Lisanisk, Carricmackross, Monaghan man has to face travelling to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin every six weeks to monitor and treat the illness.
The former GAA player has more recently served as a referee and his club Carrickmacross Emmets is hosting its annual Christmas swim on Christmas Day at 12.30pm at Creevy Lake, Carrickmacross, where they will be taking donations for the McMahon family.