Saturday 25 October 2014

GAA club unites for solo around the Ring challenge

Published 29/05/2013 | 05:36

Jerome Flynn preparing for the Ring of Kerry Solo Run with Willie Hanifin, David and Cormac Leane, Michael, Lorna and Catherina McCarthy, Tadgh McCarthy, Nikki Wissell and Podge Leane of South West Councilling Centre Kerry Lifeline at Milltown on Saturday. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin.

Kevin Hughes

ONLY in Kerry!

Kerry's record breaking GAA credentials are indisputable and now a mid Kerry club is about to make a record of its own by 'soloing' a Gaelic football around The Ring of Kerry.

It's certainly a first and helping Milltown Castlemaine GAA Club along the way will be present and past GAA stars such as Jack O'Shea and Maurice Fitzgerald.

Part of a unique Gathering celebration hosted by the 2012 All-Ireland Intermediate Champions, it's all taking place on the June Bank Holiday Weekend and the unique trip around the Ring, quite literally, kicks off at midnight on Friday night, June 1.

Former Kerry midfielder, Darragh Ó Sé, will get the show on the road in Milltown before passing onto another former Kerry player, Willie Maher.

With 120 miles to complete it means 120 footballers and non-footballers and ball carriers will be keeping the effort going through the night and into Saturday. The club has also issued an invitation to club members and players from the past to come home for the event to test their skills around landmarks such as Moll's Gap and Coomakista.

Funds will be collected by buckets along the way with the money raised going towards the club and South West Counselling Centre.

"Each of our 120 'soloists' will also be collecting sponsorship for the club with the money raised going towards a second playing pitch for our growing juvenile membership," Organising Committee Chairman Mike Carroll states.

"It will certainly be novel to run through Waterville or Sneem with a football at 5am and the route will be fully supervised to ensure the rules are compliant.

"The football won't be able to stray too far as it will be tethered to each participant, just in case it should end up in the Atlantic by mistake," he adds.

Various activities have been arranged throughout the weekend, including an underage football blitz in Milltown on Saturday morning and a celebration in Castlemaine on the Sunday night at which certificates will be presented to participants.

There will also be live music on an open air stage on Friday night and a disco and kids entertainment on Saturday evening. The event is being sponsored by Larkin's Bar & Restaurant, Milltown.


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