Ó Muircheartaigh lends his support to Dingle Women's Mini Marathon
IT certainly proved to be a very busy Easter for legendary GAA broadcaster and Dún Síon native Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh. On Easter Saturday he defied his 80-plus years as he joined those participating in the Pilgrims' Walk Cosán na Naomh from Ventry all the way to Gallarus.
It was a busy Easter also for Dingle Women's Mini Marathon founder Seán Ó Suilleabhán who travelled to Dublin two weeks ago to see his son Tom and his Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne teammates lift Corn Uí Hogáin.
After the celebrations back in Dingle, Seán took a flight to France to meet up with Cumann Rothaíochta Chorca Dhuibhne's Mícheál Ó Coileáin, Mícheál Ó Conchúir and Seanachán MacGearailt before going on to complete a 1,000 mile, 10 day pilgrimage cycle to Santiago De Compestela in Spain.
However, it was back to business this week as Mícheál and Seán teamed up to further promote the 2014 Dingle Women's Mini Marathon, with the aid of one of Kerry's greatest goalkeepers, multi-All Ireland medal holder Diarmuid Murphy, in Páirc an Ághasaigh. The 2014 Dingle Women's Mini Marathon, now in its second year, hopes to attract 'Mná na hÉireann' to Corca Dhuibhne for the event which takes place on Saturday May 17.
Last year the event enjoyed a successful inaugural outing last year as it managed to attract 628 competitors - from as far afield as the USA and UK – who in turn took in some of Corca Dhuibhne's most beautiful terrain on a 10km course devised to suit novice runners to seasoned campaigners.
The inaugural event managed to raise a total of €11,072.30 and the final tally was split evenly between the two main beneficiaries of the event: Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne and the National Breast Cancer Research Institute, each receiving €5,536.15 apiece.
The 2014 Dingle Women's Mini Marathon will also again seek to fundraise for the National Breast Cancer Research Institute and Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, who are currently raising funds to complete construction of a new playing pitch and running track at the school.
Kerry manager Eamon Fitzmaurice and former Kerry GAA star Tommy Griffin have also lent their support to the initiative and interest in the event appears to be on the increase with registrations up 20 per cent on this time last year.
Meeting with Seán Ó Suilleabháin in Páirc an Ághasaigh, Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh wished everyone participating in the Dingle Women's Mini Marathon this year, and indeed all of the volunteers involved, the very best adding that fundraising events such as these were a very important aspect of community life.
Anyone interested in registering or accessing more information about the 2014 Dingle Women's Mini Marathon may do so by contacting 066-9151515 or by visiting the official site, DingleMiniMarathon.com.