Sunday 22 September 2019

Great turnout for Philip O'Connor run

Brendan Keane

The community in Oylegate turned out in force recently for a fundraising event organised in memory of a highly respected local man who lost his life in a road traffic accident in June.

The Philip O'Connor Memorial run was organised by Mr O'Connor's cousin, Kimberley O'Connor, and her efforts were very much appreciated by all of the O'Connor family.

Speaking to this newspaper about the run Mr O'Connor's brother, Michael, said it was an event aimed at bringing the community together while also raising money for the Gerard Murphy memorial run which is a charity that was very close to Philip's heart.

'Philip was very involved in that; it's a classic car event and he used to take part in it,' said Michael.

'Kimberley came up with the idea of holding a memorial run and walk for Philip and we decided to raise money for the charity that he was a big supporter of,' added Michael.

Donations received at Philip's funeral will also go towards the charity.

Members of Mr O'Connor's family participated in the event along with many of his friends, colleagues and neighbours from around the Oylegate area.

Mr O'Connor died after another vehicle collided with his as he was making his way back up to County Kildare where he worked.

Mr O'Connor was highly respected in the community and came from a family who are all held in very high regard.

That was underlined by the huge show of support for the memorial run.

Following the event the participants all gathered back in Mernagh's pub for some light refreshments.

The money raised from the run will be presented to the charity in the coming weeks.

Gorey Guardian