Monday 18 December 2017

Buncrana hero and pier tragedy mum to take part in charity marathon together

Hero Davitt Walsh holding baby Rioghnach. (Photo courtesy of Derry News )
Hero Davitt Walsh holding baby Rioghnach. (Photo courtesy of Derry News )
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Buncrana pier hero Davitt Walsh is to join tragic mum Louise James in running a marathon to raise money for charity.

Louise lost five members of her family, including her husband and two young sons, when their car went off the slipway at the Co Donegal pier.

Unimaginable grief: Louise James with partner Sean McGrotty, sons Mark and Evan and baby Rioghnach-Ann who was saved Photo: Family Handout/PA Wire
Unimaginable grief: Louise James with partner Sean McGrotty, sons Mark and Evan and baby Rioghnach-Ann who was saved Photo: Family Handout/PA Wire

Sean McGrotty (46), sons Evan (8) and 12-year-old Mark, Louise's mother Ruth Daniels (57) and Ruth's 14-year-old daughter Jodie Lee Daniels all drowned in the tragedy.

Davitt Walsh (28) saved four-month-old Rioghnach-Ann after jumping into Lough Swilly when the car went into the water.

Over 100 runners are now competing in the Belfast Marathon to honour those five family members whose lives were lost.

Davitt and Louise will be taking part in the poignant sports event on Monday, May 2, and will compete a leg of the race together.

Under the banner '#TeamEvan', these supporters will be raising money for Muscular Dystrophy, an illness Louise's son Evan suffered from.

The group have created a web-page so that people can donate money online.

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