Great run for a great woman

Published 10/04/2013 | 05:36

Mary Walsh, Catriona O'Callaghan, Helen Pierce (centre row from left) Niamh O'Carroll, Andrea Thornton, Niamh Burns (back left) Eoin Murphy and Aoife O'Reilly who will participate in the Great Irish Marathon which will be held over the 26 Counties in 26 hours on the 25th/26th May.
Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin.
Mary Walsh, Catriona O'Callaghan, Helen Pierce,, Niamh O'Carroll, Andrea Thornton, Niamh Burns, Eoin Murphy and Aoife O'Reilly who will participate in the Great Irish Marathon in memory of Vivien O’Shea. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Twenty six counties, 26 miles, one Great Irish Marathon. That's what 12 friends of the late Vivien O'Shea are undertaking in her memory on the weekend of May 25 and 26 next, with all the proceeds going to the Kerry Hospice.

Killarney native Vivien died from cancer in January. But the hugely-popular daffodil grower's memory is alive as ever among her hundreds of friends throughout the county and her family.

On May 25, 12 of them will travel to Mitchelstown to begin a two-day marathon never undertaken before.

"Vivien was such an inspiration.. she had an amazing outlook throughout her illness and we feel this is a great way of remembering her as well as raising money for the new Hospice unit," friend and teaching colleague Andrea Thornton said.

Andrea will be running the marathon along with Eoin Murphy, Colm Murphy, Niamh Burns, Niamh O'Connell, Aoife O'Reilly, Helen Pierce, Catríona O'Callaghan, Damien Keegan, Michael Crawley, Kevin Kennedy and Mary Nash.

Routes along the way include a riverside run near Newgrange, a mile overlooking the beach in Bundoran in Co Donegal and a mile along the stunning beach at Mullaghmore in Co Sligo. Meanwhile, the runners are hosting a table quiz at the Killarney Oaks on Thursday, April 18, at 7.30pm and ask everyone for their support.

Kerryman

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