Limerick village gets into gear for annual fundraiser

Norma Prendiville


Norma Prendiville


Limerick village gets into gear for annual fundraiser

Gearoid Hegarty and Aaron Gillane were on hand to launch CRY

ONCE again, the May Bank Holiday in West Limerick is CRY Monagea weekend, when hundreds of cyclists, runners and walkers take to the roads of West Limerick to raise much-needed funds for Cardiac Risk in the Young, CRY Ireland.

Since the event began in 2012, following the tragic sudden deaths of two young Monagea people, Niamh Herlihy and Darra O’Donovan, it has become a calendar fixture and a time for families and parish to  remember those they have lost. But it has also proven to be a flagship fundraiser for CRY Ireland, clocking up over €200,000 in the years since.

This money, explains Niamh’s dad, Liam Herlihy, has helped CRY to provide the screening and family support services that are so vital for families affected by sudden death in the young.

For the past number of years, Mr Herlihy explained, CRY Ireland has been based in a prefabricated building in the grounds of Tallaght Hospital, but this is now all about to change.  “Later this year, they will be moving to a new building at the gates of Tallaght Hospital. This is a massive development and is badly needed.”

The new building, which is currently being fitted out, is expected to be ready by August or September, he said, and on behalf of families affected by sudden death, he thanked  Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan for his help in securing funding for the new building.

Minister O’Donovan was present at the launch of CRY Monagea 2019 earlier this month, along with Limerick hurling stars, Aaron Gillane and Gearóid Hegarty.

“We are hoping to make an extra push this year to mark the occasion of the new building,” Mr Herlihy continued.

Last year, almost 300 cyclists and close to 400 walkers and runners took part, with the massive event all co-ordinated and run by a platoon of up to 50 volunteers.

“If we can match that, we will be happy,” he said.

Registration night will take place in Monagea Community Centre from 7pm to 9pm on Friday, May 3 and from 7am on Saturday, May 4, the day of the event itself.

Registration costs €10 for walkers and runners, and €25 for cyclists (plus €5 for non-members of Cycling Ireland).

The choices once again are a Family 5km or 10km walk or run; a 70km or 110km cycle or the ultimate 125km West Limerick Endurance 125.