Fundraiser To See Participants Run 26 Miles In 26 Counties In 26 Hours

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The runners taking part in the Marathon fundraiser this month in aid of the Kerry Hospice Foundation.

THIRTEEN charity runners plan to make the most of the longest day of the year by running a mile in every county in the Republic of Ireland to raise funds for the Kerry Hospice Foundation.

Starting in Mitchelstown, Co Cork on Friday, June 21, the charity runners will cover 26 miles across 26 counties in 26 hours, finishing their final mile in Killarney.

This is only the second time that such a unique event has taken place. In 2013, the Great Irish Marathon event raised €6,500 towards the building of a 15 bed Specialist Inpatient Palliative Unit in Kerry, in Kerry General Hospital grounds.

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The time around, 13 participants will run in memory of Killarney native, Patsy O’Keeffe, mother of GIM runner Niamh O’Carroll, who sadly passed away from cancer in November 2018.

“The Kerry Hospice Foundation really supported my mom towards the end of her life. Now I want to support them and their great services,” said Niamh.

The run will cover the following locations (in order) starting at 10am on 21st June and will complete a mile in each county over the following 26 hours: 26 miles; 26 counties; 26 hours.

The thirteen runners taking on this ‘great’ challenge are Niamh O’Carroll, Andrea Thornton, Eoin Murphy, Declan and Patrice O’Mahony, Colm Murphy, Conor Cusack, Felicity Sheehy, Dee Keating, Karen Condon, Sharon Condon, Orla O’Driscoll and Caroline Corkery.

If you would like to join the runners on their final mile in Killarney, they will leave the Cathedral car park at 11.45am sharp on Saturday, June 22 and conclude their 26 hour marathon at Market Cross at 12 noon where friends, family and supporters will be cheering them on.

To help fundraise for this great charity, the Great Irish Marathon crew have organised a fun, quiz night, which will take place in The Plaza Hotel, Killarney at 8.30pm.

Teams of four cost €40, with all funds raised on the night going to directly to the Kerry Hospice Foundation. ‘Great’ fun and ‘Great’ spot prizes guaranteed by the ‘Great’ Irish Marathon crew. Check out their facebook page here for more details.

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