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Donegal Democrat Newspaper “Remembering the Hurricane-Glencolumcille Woman Re-Launches Heavenly Skies”

Donegal Democrat
Tuesday, 5th September, 2006
Remembering the Hurricane
Glencolmcille Woman Relaunches ‘Heavenly Skies’

One year ago Hurricane Katrina ripped through the north-central gulf coast of the United States. It killed nearly 2,000 people and has left an unthinkable amount of children orphaned.

By Catherine Cook

On the anniversary of the devastating event, Dr. Kathy Reilly Fallon, whose mother, Anne Gillespie Reilly, hails from Glencolmcille, has re-launched her children’s book and c.d.,

‘Heavenly Skies and Lullabies’, of which 100% go towards the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund.

The start of Kathy’s charity work can be traced back to September 11th, 2001, when, as a doctor, Kathy worked at Ground Zero for two months. She commented: “In the midst of a terrible tragedy, we witnessed a tremendous outpouring of love and compassion from people all around our country. After serving as a volunteer Foot & Ankle Doctor at St. Paul’s Chapel near Ground Zero, and experiencing the overwhelming sense of unity and patriotism exhibited by all the relief workers, it was clear to me that we needed to somehow continue these positive efforts and help those who lost someone on that tragic day.

“Thinking often of my own son, James Edward, I realized that many babies, 63 as it turns out now, would be born without fathers. These precious gifts of life would never get the chance to be held in their father’s arms and sung to at night.

The project gained wings and now one year on Kathy has organized a book to accompany the c.d. which features the combination of some of the top industry people in America, as well as duet which Kathy sang with legendary Soprano’s actor and owner of the exclusive Roa’s restaurant, Frank Pellegrino. Two of the songs on the c.d. are Irish lullabies and their illustrations in the book contain Irish prayers.

Irish Roots

Kathy explained: “I wanted to reflect my Irish roots. All my family live in Donegal and I really miss not being able to get back to visit, buy my priorities are with this book at the moment.” She is hoping to come back in a few months, however, to visit her relations. She commented: “I have a lot of family in Donegal and I can’t wait to get back to visit them. My uncle is a retired guard, Bernie O’Reilly and he owns a pub in Ballybofey. And then I have more family in Letterkenny, Sgt. Mick Foy and his wife Rosemary and their Children, as well a Bridget Kerr in Rathmullan.”

Kathy currently lives in the Westchester area of New York where she continues her charity work, including organizing a 9-11 Memorial Mass and Fist Anniversary Mass for Hurricane Katrina on Friday September 8th at 7:30pm at St John the Baptist Church in Yonkers.