‘Great Irish Marathon’ Runners Present Cheque For Thousands To Kerry Hospice

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Joe Hennebery accepts a cheque of €12,815 from Niamh O’Carroll (seated) and some Karen Condon, Conor Cusack, Caroline Corkery, Sharon Condon and Andrea Thornton of the Great Irish Marathon runners, back from left; Felicity Sheehy, Patrice O’Mahony,

A CHEQUE for €12,815 was presented to Kerry Hospice Foundation on Thursday evening thanks to the efforts of 12 charity runners.

The participants in the ‘Great Irish Marathon’ took on a unique challenge of running one mile in each of the 26 counties in the Republic on the longest day of the year, June 21. They started in Mitchelstown and finished their final mile in Killarney in what was a fantastic effort for the charity.

It’s the second time that such a unique event has taken place as in 2013, the Great Irish Marathon event raised €6500 towards the building of a 15 bed Specialist Inpatient Palliative Unit in Kerry, at University Hospital Kerry.

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They were running in memory of Killarney native, Patsy O’Keeffe, mother of GIM runner Niamh O’Carroll, who sadly passed away from cancer in November 2018.

Niamh said it a fantastic experience and thanked everyone involved. “We were blessed with the weather on the day. It was amazing how much was raised through both the Everyday Hero page, collections and a table quiz. We especially want to thank O’Callaghan Coaches who drove us around, Keatings Coaches for sponsoring the fuel and all who contributed.”

The twelve runners who took on the challenge were Niamh O’Carroll, Andrea Thornton, Eoin Murphy, Declan and Patrice O’Mahony, Colm Murphy, Conor Cusack, Felicity Sheehy, Dee Keating, Karen Condon, Sharon Condon and Caroline Corkery.

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