Paul remembered in run dedicated to his memory

The Chairperson of Austin Stack’s GAA Club Mairead Fernane, with Sean Kelly MEP supporting The Paul Lucey Memorial run at Austin Stack’s GAA Club on Monday. Photo by John Cleary
The Chairperson of Austin Stack’s GAA Club Mairead Fernane, with Sean Kelly MEP supporting The Paul Lucey Memorial run at Austin Stack’s GAA Club on Monday. Photo by John Cleary

Fergus Dennehy

Back for its second year, the Paul Lucey Memorial Run showed that last year's event wasn't a case of beginner's luck, as they attracted hundreds of runners and walkers this Bank Holiday Monday.

The man in everyone's thoughts and the name on so many lips on the day was that of Paul Lucey, one of the proudest Austin Stacks man you could meet - and a man intertwined with so much of the club's illustrious history.

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Paul trained the 1994 Stacks team to a famous County Championship victory in - a feat now celebrating its 25th anniversary - and let's not forget his earlier feat of taking home the 1986 County Championship as well.

Paul may have passed away in December 2017 but what he achieved with the club will never be forgotten - as evidenced by the crowds on Monday.

Billed as a way of getting people out and getting them active, the crowds set off on the 'Run for the Rock' event from the club grounds at Connolly Park early on Monday morning and clearly the weather received the memo as it behaved itself on the day - maybe with a little helping hand from Paul himself, you never know.

With two successful years under its belt, you wouldn't bet against Paul being honoured once more in 2020.

Kerryman

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