Sisters take on marathon challenge close to Sile's heart

Síle Seoige is pictured launching her Connemarathon team in support of Cancer Care West
Pictured L-R: Grainne Seoige and Síle Seoige.Photograph by Dermot Byrne
Síle Seoige is pictured with Grainne launching her Connemarathon team in support of Cancer Care West. Photo: Dermot Byrne

RADIO presenter Sile Seoige has revealed it will be a major "personal challenge" to run the Connemara Marathon in aid of a cancer care charity.

Sile (33), who has battled thyroid cancer, revealed she will be pounding the streets alongside her television presenter sister Grainne to raise money for Cancer Care West.

"Cancer Care West is very close to my heart and I'm really excited about working with the charity in the coming weeks," said Sile, who had her thyroid glands removed last year.

The Newstalk radio presenter, who is in remission, revealed she has opted for the half-marathon at the event on April 7, which is dubbed the 'Connemarathon'.

The Gaeilgeoir, from Spiddal, Co Galway, also persuaded some well-known faces to join her team in aid of Cancer Care West, including her sister Grainne, chef Clodagh McKenna, models Roz Purcell and Rosanna Davison, magician Keith Barry, singer Brian Kennedy and fitness trainer Paul Byrne.

Sharon Fitzpatrick, fundraising manager at the not-for-profit Cancer Care West, said Sile "feels a strong connection" with the charity due to her own personal experience.

Ms Fitzpatrick said the money would go towards its support service for people diagnosed with cancer.

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