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Bring Liam Back: Limerick man Liam McCarthy sadly passes away

The family of Limerick man Liam McCarthy aims to raise €30,000 for medical care after he suffered a life-changing stroke.

Bring Liam Back: Limerick man Liam McCarthy fights for life in Turkey

by ilovelimerick Correspondent Ryan O’Connell

UPDATE Thursday, May 17: Liam has tragically passed away in Turkey after suffering a stroke last February. 


Writing on the GoFundMe page, Elaine said: “Although we are heartbroken we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of friends, family and total strangers. 

“Together we fought a good fight. Unfortunately, it was not to be. Tonight Liam is at peace, his struggle is over. Thank you all for your support and generosity.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. 

UPDATE: Sisters, Dee and Elaine McCarthy, along with family members are raising efforts in trying to bring Liam McCarthy back to Ireland. The response the family have been receiving in their plea for help has heartened them, and they are now nearly half way to their goal of €90,000, which will cover all outstanding medical bills. 

The family of Limerick man Liam McCarthy aims to raise €30,000 for medical care after he suffered a life-changing stroke. The 52-year-old suffered a stroke on February 28, 2018, in Fethiye, Turkey that has left him fighting for his life.

Liam McCarthy was taken to Isparta University Hospital, where he now remains in a critical condition on a life support machine. The Limerick native has yet to regain consciousness and has no movement, and the full extent of the trauma is not yet known.

Liam’s sisters Elaine and Dee have returned to Ireland, having flown to Turkey to be with Liam. Liam’s condition, according to his sisters, has deteriorated from when they arrived in Turkey. Elaine says, “When we arrived Liam was aware of our presence. He showed emotion and could communicate by blinking. This is no longer the case, he is now unconscious and completely unresponsive”.

Unfortunately, Liam’s health insurance will not cover all of the hospital expenses. The family is unsure how long Liam will be in hospital or what treatment he may require in the future. It is unlikely that Liam will ever make a full recovery. Liam’s family is currently working tirelessly with medical teams in both Ireland and Turkey to bring Liam home and are hopeful that he will soon be stable enough to return to his home in Ireland.

Speaking of Liam, Elaine says, “Liam is a gentle soul who loves art, nature, and literature. He studied art at LSAD. Liam doesn’t have much but he always tries to help others when they are in trouble. Now we need to get him home so we can take care of him”.

To donate to the Bring Liam Back campaign and raise funds for Liam McCarthy, go here.

For more stories on fundraising in Limerick click here.


Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.