More 'soloists' sought for Ring GAA challenge

milltown/castlemaine undertake unique effort

Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin
Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Brendan McCarthy

A KERRY GAA Club has renewed its appeal for men and women to participate in a unique fund-raiser which will see a gaelic football soloed continuously around the 120-mile Ring of Kerry.

The event will take place over the June bank holiday weekend as part of a novel Gathering 2013 celebration hosted by the 2012 All-Ireland Intermediate Championship winners, Milltown/Castlemaine GAA Club.

With one eye to fundraising for the mid-Kerry club and another on supporting the South West Kerry Counselling Centre, organisers are lining up 120 footballers and non-footballers – with some surprise special guests among them – to bring the ball on its journey round the Ring. And, with the event kicking off at midnight on Saturday, June 1, from Milltown, ball carriers will be required throughout the night and through much of the following day to make the event a success.

Since the event was launched last week over 40 people have volunteered as 'soloists' and the club is appealing for more volunteers to ensure its success.

As part of the innovative fundraiser – which will see each participant solo the ball for one mile each – the very successful and growing club has issued an invitation to club members and players from the past to come home from around the country and abroad for the event and to test their skills around Molls' Gap and other landmarks on the famous Ring.

"All along the route, a bucket collection will be held for the South West Counselling Centre, which is a very worthy cause. Meanwhile, each of our 120 'soloists' will be collecting sponsorship for the club with the money raised going towards a second playing pitch for our growing juvenile membership," said Mike Carroll, chairman of the organising committee.

"We are looking for people to sign up now to take their place in the soloing relay. So if you fancy running through Sneem or Castlecove with a football at 5am, now's your chance. And if you have never soloed a ball before, not to worry – 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!" said Mike.

Those wishing to take part should contact Mike Carroll (087) 2256548, Garry Murphy (087) 9432746 or

Those wishing to sponsor part of the event, contact Ian Twiss (087) 2521053.