Hair-raising antics to help Granville boy Harry and epilepsy charity

Dervla Weir with her children Harry and Isla
Dervla Weir with her children Harry and Isla

A Granville dad is no doubt enjoying a well earned rest after not only completing the Belfast Marathon yesterday, Monday, but cycling all the way from home to the starting line!

Keith Weir undertook this amazing challenge in aid of the charity, Matthew’s Friends, which have helped Keith’s son, Harry following his diagnosis with epilepsy.

And, in another show of strength from Harry’s family, the little boy’s uncle Cormac Dolan, from Killyman, shaved off his flowing locks to raise money for the organisation.

Cormac, who is currently at university in Fortwilliam, has generated hundreds of pounds for the charity after friends and relatives promised to pay up if he finally shed his impressive head of curls.

Harry’s mum, Dervla, spoke to the TIMES ahead of the two fundraising events and explained how Matthew’s Friends have helped her son.

“Matthew’s Friends is a charity which promotes the ketogenic diet for epilepsy and this had made a huge difference to Harry”, said Dervla.

“He spent basically all of last July in the Royal Hospital in Belfast. He couldn’t feed himself, he couldn’t walk or talk. So we started the diet in July, and by the end of August, Harry was seizure free. If we can help even one more family like ours by raising awareness of the charity that would be fantastic.”

You can still donate to both challenges by logging on to and