Limerick rugby star to lead Pink Ribbon charity walk

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

Niamh Briggs, pictured here in Killaloe, is lining out to support the Pink Ribbon Walk on June 28. Picture: Keith Wiseman
NIAMH Briggs has already led one team of women successfully into battle, and now she will lead hundreds of women in the upcoming Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk in aid of breast cancer services.

NIAMH Briggs has already led one team of women successfully into battle, and now she will lead hundreds of women in the upcoming Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk in aid of breast cancer services.

The captain of the Irish Ladies Rugby team, who works as a garda at Roxboro Garda Station and also plays for UL Bohemians, will be leading the sixth annual walk on Sunday, June 28, next.

This year’s walk is set to be the biggest event to date, according to committee chairperson, Carmell Demello.

Almost 800 people took part last year and it is hoped that entries could surpass that number this year.

The Killaloe Pink Ribbon is open to runners as well as walkers, both male and female, while the event will raise funds for breast cancer services.

“The entire communities of Ballina and Killaloe have really taken the Pink Ribbon Walk to heart, with local shops and businesses dressing their windows and turning the two small villages into a sea of pink.

“Even the bridge is lined from end to end with pink bras flying proudly to remind people of the real cause, Action Breast Cancer, ” said Ms Demello.

Then when the walk is over, entrants and their families are invited back to the Lakeside hotel for a garden party with a band, kids entertainment and a fun family day out.

Funds raised by Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walks have already helped with the implementation of the Daffodil Centre in Limerick, which was recently opened providing vital information and support for cancer sufferers and their families in the Mid West.

Nicola Wood, wife of former rugby star Keith Wood, has stepped down as chairperson of the event after five years. Entry is priced at €20. To register see www.pinkribbonwalk.ie