RELATIVES, friends and students of the late Eamonn Mulcahy have raised €27,000 for Milford Hospice after 150 of them took part in the Great Limerick Run earlier this year.
Eamonn - from Corbally and a popular maths teacher and coach at Castletroy College - died of cancer at the age of 32 just days before last Christmas and Milford was a cause very close to his heart. He was predeceased by two years by his mother Margaret and the care she had received there inspired Eamonn to run the full marathon at the Great Limerick Run in the year of his death. He was at that time unaware of his illness and doctors later couldn’t believe he had been able to complete the 26 miles.
“We thought he was losing weight because of all the training he was doing but it turned out it was actually the tumour. But he was like that. Nothing was impossible,” said Fiona, one of three of Eamonn’s sisters to complete the 10k run around Limerick last May.
Eamonn had a great love for sport, playing soccer for Granville and Corbally United. He followed his father Niall in supporting Shannon RFC and members of the club took part in the run for Milford. Eamonn coached the girls of Castletroy College to three All-Ireland soccer titles and in 2008 he was part of the coaching team that led the boys to a historic victory over PBC in the final of the Munster Schools Junior Cup. The cup awarded to the winners of the prestigious schools rugby competition will be named in honour of Eamonn Mulcahy from this year.
Eamonn’s Corinthian spirit wasn’t shared by everybody in his family, however.
“I’m not sporty at all,” confessed LIT student Fiona, “but I said to myself I wasn’t going to just walk it if I was organising it so I ran it for a finish.”
Eamonn’s sisters Niamh and Deirdre also completed the course and the family was delighted with the turnout.
“The school were brilliant and there were people who came from all over to support us. There were people he would have been in UL with over 10 years ago who came and there was a group of Eamonn’s friends who did a 10k run in Australia on the same day,” said Fiona.
“We miss him terribly. He was a friendly giant, somebody who was always there for you. And when you thought back, he was always right. He gave brilliant advice.”
Proceeds from the run were presented to Sister Phyllis Donnellan, Milford Hospice, at O’Driscoll’s Bar in Corbally at the weekend.