26 counties, 26 miles, one good cause

Niamh O’Carroll surrounded by her fellow Kerry runners as she launches her fundraising ‘Great Irish Run’ in memory of her later mother Patsy and in aid of the Kerry Hospice Foundation
Niamh O’Carroll surrounded by her fellow Kerry runners as she launches her fundraising ‘Great Irish Run’ in memory of her later mother Patsy and in aid of the Kerry Hospice Foundation

Fergus Dennehy

'You don't have to be mad to be a runner, but it probably helps' should be the motto for the hardy group of Kerry runners who, later this month, are set to take part in a nationwide fundraiser for the Kerry Hospice Foundation.

The fundraiser, the brainchild of Niamh O'Carroll from Killarney, will be very much a marathon effort with the local runners aiming to complete one mile in each of the 26 counties over the space of 26 hours.

Please log in or register with Independent.ie for free access to this article.

Log In

The challenge was previously held and completed back in 2013 when it managed to raise €7,000 and now Niamh is hoping to raise something similar again six years on. 

June 21 is D-Day for the group this time around as they set off on the run which will be in aid of Niamh's late mother, Patsy who sadly lost her battle against cancer late last year.

"She would have used the services over there at the Kerry Hospice so this is about giving back. We're looking to raise as much as we can to be honest with you. If we even got close to €2,000, I'll be absolutely delighted," she said, speaking to The Kerryman. 

"On the 21st, we'll all be setting off from Mitchelstown. O'Callaghan's Coaches are the ones bringing us around. Our first mile will be in Mitchelstown, then onto Waterford, Wexford where we can do two miles crossing the border and so on and 26 hours later, hopefully we'll be finishing up on the main street in Killarney," she continued.

"Hopefully there won't be any major issues like breakdowns or things like that. We'll be going through the night but look, we'll do it, no doubt about it," she said.

Kerryman

News