Golden Mile switches focus to local causes

Three charities share €3,000

Published 23/01/2013 | 13:58

An Riocht AC members presenting €1,000 cheques to representatives of three local charities at the clubhouse. Included are, front from left: Margaret Enright, Oileán Beo; Denis Brosnan, An Riocht AC and Noreen McGuire, Olieán Beo. Back from left: Denis... Credit: Photo by John Reidy

FROM its inception in 1999 it became known as The Goal Mile and Christmas morning was its immovable, calendar mooring.

On the Christmas just gone it was labelled locally as The Golden Mile and its proceeds have switched from overseas causes to charities of a more local need and relevance.

The concept remained the same as in the days before the great pavilion with all its comforts. You could still turn up anytime between 10-30am and 1pm. Make a contribution to the collection box and walk the mile or whatever you could manage, drink a drop of port - if that's to your taste and away you go.

Indeed, in the days before the pavilion, Pats Broderick couldn't be seen for steam from several electric kettles in the site engineer's office and he struggling to keep up with the demand for the welcome dropeen.

This year's total of just over €3,000 was shared by three locally based and worthy charities: Oilean Beo; Castleisland Day Care Centre and Glebe Lodge Residential Home.

"We were delighted with the turnout on the morning and the amount donated when you consider the demands on people these days. We'd like to thank everyone who made the effort to be with us that morning," said walk founder member, Denis Brosnan.

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