Austin Stacks hit the Rock in force in memory of beloved club man Paul Lucey
Austin Stacks GAA Club is a place where memories matter and the famous club certainly added another great milestone to its history on Monday with the hugely-successful inaugural Paul Lucey Memorial Run for the Rock.
Over 500 people set off in the sun from Connolly Park in scenes reminiscent of the famous Rocky marches of 2014. The event created an enormous feel-good factor with plenty of fun along the route and music by none other than DJ Francie Breen to set contestants on their way.
Paul Lucey was widely known and respected and one of his greatest strengths was his ability to influence and encourage people. In that sense, Monday's event was a fitting way of paying tribute to him as people of all ages enjoyed a lively walk and jog in his memory. Players past and present also lined up, while the former Stacks manager, Stephen Stack, sported a t-shirt with Paul's smiling face emblazoned on its front.
Members of Paul's family played a major part in the occasion with his daughters, Ciara and Pamela, making presentations to the winners.
Austin Stacks Club Chairman Liam Lynch said it was a memorable event given Paul is held in such high esteem by everyone at the club.
"It was memorable primarily because of the name associated with it," Liam said.
"We wrote the history of our club last year and Paul's name was to the forefront of everyone's mind for his contribution to the club over many decades. It was only fitting that the event was held in his honour, and will be going forward."
Liam thanked the Lucey family for their involvement, especially Paul's son, Niall, who was a key part of the committee that helped host Monday's event."To have such huge numbers turn out in glorious sunshine was great. Paul was a gentleman to the tips of his toes and anything the Stacks ever asked him to do was always met with an immediate 'yes'. He always gave 100 percent and that's the way he operated. We are only too delighted to honour him," Liam added.
The winners in the 10k were Derek Griffin and Catherine Kiely, while Tim Francony and Marie McKenna finished first in the 5k.