A Co Laois woman has bequeathed a total of €30 million to five charities in a massive windfall for the sector, it has emerged.

One of those to receive an equal €6 million is the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) for which the bequest is the single largest donation it has received.

Identifying Elizabeth O’Kelly, from Stradbally, Co Laois as the donor, the ICS said the amount represents the income of two annual Daffodil Days.

Mrs O’Kelly’s “kindness and generosity is reflected in her decision to leave equal amounts in her will to five charities,” it said.

The other charities include the Irish Heart Foundation, Irish Kidney Association, the Irish Society for Autistic Children and the RNLI.

A truly heartwarming gesture from Mrs. O’Kelly.