O'Sullivan boost for Seamus ahead of Marathon
A LOUTH man who ran the London Marathon at the weekend received a good luck wish from top Irish athlete Sonia O'Sullivan.
Seamus Rooney, who is originally from Ardaghy, Omeath lost his son, Colm, to Ewing sarcoma in July 2011 aged just 19.
Colm, a keen footballer and passionate supporter of Manchester United, was diagnosed two months before his 18th birthday with the rare disease which mainly affects male teenagers, in which cancer develops in the bone or soft tissue.
He died just over a year later after months of intensive chemotherapy failed to halt the condition.
Seamus took part in the London Marathon on Sunday as one of a number of people running to raise funds for the Irish and British charity Bone Cancer Research Trust (BCRT).
Seamus has also been raising funds and held a quiz night in Donabate, where he has been living for nearly 20 years.
He said: 'The quiz night in Keeling Dome Lodge last Thursday was a great success and I would like to thank all the businesses who supported me with their generous prizes including Donabate Golf Club, Balcarrick Golf Club, Island Golf Club, Donabate Portrance Community Centre (DPCC), Life Pharmacy Donabate, Donabate Pharmacy, Esthetique Skin & Bodycare and independent Fingal election candidates Michael Collins and Paul Mulville and Fine Gael candidate Bob Dowling'.
He also thanked quizmaster Alan Worrall for traveling from his home in Clonee, County Meath who did an excellent job
Gillian Hamill, acting editor of ShelfLife magazine for travelling from Dublin City Centre to help with marking.
He also thanked St Patrick's Boys National School for support by printing postors and informing parents of the quiz.
And he has the good luck wishes of Sonia O'Sullivan whom he met at a Malahide Park Run.
'I had the pleasure of meeting Sonia O'Sullivan at the Malahide Park run where I was volunteering.
'Sonia ran the event with her daughter Sophie. I had a conversation with Sonia, about my London Marathon challenge and she knew my story and I gave a BCRT wristband and she wished me good luck in London.'