Festive climb helps Limerickman reach charity summit

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

Three generations of the Tuohy family from Castleconnell were among the 67 walkers on the St Stephen's Day forestry walk in Cappamore for Temple Street Children's Hospital
A CAPPAMORE man is on the march to raise €100,000 for Temple Street Children’s Hospital.

A CAPPAMORE man is on the march to raise €100,000 for Temple Street Children’s Hospital.

A little over 12 months ago Seamus O Riain decided to spend his free time doing some voluntary fundraising for the hospital.

“My aim is to reach a minimum of €100,000 and to date I am over one tenth of the way there. Some people remark to me that fundraising is tough, especially in these times.

“Maybe my initial thoughts may have been similar but when you go through the doors of Temple Street and see where your money goes then things look a bit differently. Whether it’s vital equipment, ward make-over, more facilities or whatever, these funds are critical to the running of the hospital,” said Mr O Riain.

Many children from County Limerick sadly travel to Temple Street.

Mr O Riain has carried out a number of charity initiatives including raffling a Limerick jersey donated by Shane Dowling; bucket collections; Easter tea party and cake sale; and running the half marathon with fellow Cappamore men on Inis Mor.

“I would like to thank my son Donnacha, who was my inspiration for this race,” said Mr O Riain, at the time.

Another of his plans was to start a St Stephen’s Day forestry walk in Cappamore and the second one was held over the festive period.

“On a beautiful fresh morning 67 walkers assembled on the foothills of the Slieve Felim mountains. The bulk of the walkers were from Cappamore and they were joined by natives of Doon, Pallasgreen, Oola, Castleconnell and even some international visitors from England and France,” said Mr O Riain

After a blessing from Fr Tony Ryan, Doon parish priest, they were on their way shortly after midday. There was a 10k or 3k option.

“The first 4km is an ascent into the wooded hillside before reaching Grageen bog where some beautiful views of East Limerick can be seen. We did a 1km loop of the bog where walkers got a feel for the terrain which their parents and grandparents would have frequented annually for turf cutting. It’s like a different world up there sometimes,” said Mr O Riain.

There was at least a 60 year age gap between the oldest and youngest out walking.

“We had numerous families walking but a special mention to the three generations of the Duggan family from Bilboa and Tuohy family from Castleconnell,” said Mr O Riain.

Over €700 was collected to help him reach his €100,000 goal.

“My fundraising will resume in the new year with walks, treks, marathons, bucket collections and whatnot. Should anyone out there have some free time and would like to help in any way please give me a call on 0872673322. I have had some fun-filled days fundraising and met some amazing people,” said Mr O Riain, who wished to thank everyone who has helped him on his charitable journey.