Friends Of Robert O’Dowd Organise Run/Walk Event In His Memory

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Launching the Robert O’Dowd Memorial 5k/10k Walk/Run at the Palliative Care Unit on Monday night were, front from left; Eoin Kelliher with daughter Olivia, Keelan Dennehy and Joe Hennebery. Back from left; Andrea O’Donoghue, Ger Dennehy, Martin Dennehy, Matt Moloney, Eamonn Fitzmaurice, Mary Shanahan, Ciara O’Dowd, Maura Sullivan, Diarmuid Cunnane and Dave Leahy. Photo by Dermot Crean

A POPULAR local man will be remembered later this summer at a Memorial 10k Run/5k Walk.

Robert O’Dowd of Lee Drive and formerly of Marian Park, passed away in late April after battling for some time against cancer.

In the past few weeks, his friends decided to get together to do something to remember him and to raise funds for the Palliative Care Unit at UHK, where Robert received amazing care.

They were joined by Kerry senior team boss, Eamonn Fitzmaurice, Robert’s daughter Ciara and members of the Kerry Hospice Foundation to launch they event at the Unit on Monday evening.

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The late Robert O’Dowd.

“Robert received outstanding care at the Palliative Care Unit and we got together with his family to organise the event,” said Eoin Kelliher, part of the organising committee.

They decided to arrange the event for Friday, August 3 at 7pm. The 10k/5k run/walk will start and finish at the Aquadome.  The 5k Walk is €10 and the 10k Run is €20 to register. There are prizes for the first three home in the male and female categories.

There will be post race refreshments and a barbecue afterwards at Benner’s Hotel and rumour has it there’ll be a sporting legend making an appearance on the night. Click here to register for the event.

Coming from a well-known Boherbee family, Robert was hugely popular in the community and was a keen sportsman, playing with John Mitchels, at Juvenile, Minor, U21 and Senior level.

He was a member of the Mitchels U21 team that won the County Championship in 1983 and played with the Mitchels Senior team at half back from 1982 to 1990, after which he emigrated to the US. After returning he also managed the Junior team that won the Molyneaux Cup in 2011.

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