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Walk in the park tribute to Dundalk woman Joan Brady

Friends of the late Joan will host a walk in her honour this weekend

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The late Joan Brady

The late Joan Brady

The late Joan Brady

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Friends of the late Joan Brady are hosting a memorial walk in her honour this weekend.

Joan, who passed away earlier this year, was well known locally and across the country as an inspirational participant in the Dublin Women’s Mini-Marathon – taking part in every event since it began in 1983.

This year would have been her 40th year in the Dublin event. Her family took part as a tribute to Joan's amazing contribution over the last few decades.

Joan had spoken of being inspired by the walking movement in New York, when she visited the US city in the early 1980s, and saw scores of people walking and jogging in Central Park.

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She returned home and set up a local group, the Dundalk Joggers and Walkers, many of whom then joined her every year at the mini-marathon. 

The group met twice a week and were unique at the time as it provided women with the opportunity to exercise outside of a running club. Lifelong friendships were also formed in the group which was famous for the sense of camaraderie among members.

Now, many of Joan's former walking army are holding an event in her honour with a stroll through St. Helena Park on Sunday afternoon.

All are invited to meet at the bandstand in the part at 3pm for the walk in memory of Joan.


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