Fun run through County Limerick forest park to raise money for local charities

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

A FUN run through one of the most picturesque locations in County Limerick later this month will raise vital funds for two very different yet vital community projects.

A FUN run through one of the most picturesque locations in County Limerick later this month will raise vital funds for two very different yet vital community projects.

The Curraghchase 10km run/walk on Sunday August 19 will benefit the Pieta House project for the prevention of suicide, as well as local plans to develop a community all-weather sports field in Kilcornan.

The fun run was officially launched at Curraghchase last Friday with the help of a number of local sports stars, including Irish international rugby players Conor Murray and Mike Sherry, Limerick hurlers Declan Hannon and Shane Dowling and Limerick footballers Pa Ranahan and Ger Collins.

Damien O’Brien, a member of the fun run organising committee, said that excitement is already building ahead of the event, which will be the first of its kind in Curraghchase.

“We’re delighted with how things have gone so far. The committee have been going at it for pretty much the last six months. It’s the first event of its kind – about 70% of the 10km will be through Curraghchase itself. We’re looking forward to it”.

It is hoped that the fun run will help bring Kilcornan closer to having a new state-of-the-art, purpose-built sports facility. Last year, an acre of land adjacent to the existing Kilcornan sports field was purchased by the local community, and plans were then set in a motion for a 2,800 square metre field which would benefit all local sports teams and community groups.

The project received a significant boost when West Limerick Resources agreed to come on board and provide a 75% grant, while planning permission was also recently secured from Limerick County Council.

However, the organisers still have to bridge a gap in their own fund raising and as such are hoping that this month’s fun run will attract entrants from across County Limerick. The event has been certified by the Athletics Association of Ireland, and will be officially timed and marshalled.

Registration for adults is €20 per person, with €10 for under 18s and under 12s free. People can register online in advance by visiting www.kilcornan.com, or by calling Barry Lynch on 087 2895021 or Ger Mann on 087 2850984. Advance entrants will receive a competitor’s pack, including a race jersey. Last minute entrants can also register on the morning of the race between 9.30am and 11.30am

A portion of all proceeds will go towards Pieta House in Mungret, who raise awareness for the prevention of suicide.

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