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Large crowds expected to support Gowna fundraiser

Anne Duffy, Bernie O'Reilly, Pat O'Reilly, Patricia Hastings, and Marie O'Reilly at last year's Rosie Run. This year's event takes place on Sunday, July 20. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie

Anne Duffy, Bernie O'Reilly, Pat O'Reilly, Patricia Hastings, and Marie O'Reilly at last year's Rosie Run. This year's event takes place on Sunday, July 20. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie

The second annual Rosie Run, in memory of the late Rosaleen O’Reilly makes its return along the shores of Loch Gowna on Sunday week (July 20).

The 5km run/walkwas first held last year by the O’Reilly family to mark the first anniversary of their mother’s death.

Mrs O’Reilly, a much loved and well respected member of the local community passed away on July 19, 2012 from motor neurone disease.

To raise awareness and much needed fundsfor research, the O’Reilly family last year held the first annual and aptly named ‘Rosie Run’.

It was an occasion which saw up to 400 people take part, generating over €10,000 for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA).

Twelve months on, the O’Reilly family are busily putting the finishing touches to this year’s fundraiser.

The race will start at 1pm at the Holy Trinity Church in Loch Gowna, taking in nearby townland Corfree before turning right on the foot of the Arva road ahead of a return to the village.

Registration is from 11am and entries are priced at just €10 for adults and €5 for children. For larger families of five or more, a cap of €30 has been put in place.

And when all the exertions have died down, participants can avail of refreshments at St Brigid’s Community Centre where prizes in both the adults and U16 categories will be dished out.

“We decided to hold it because there was very little known about it,” said Breege Byrne in relation to her late mother’s illness.

“But we also wanted to raise money for research and Homecare because without their support, we wouldn’t have been able to look after Mum at home.”

After the success of last year’s event, there are high hopes that people will once again turn out in force on July 20 to take part in the Rosie Run - a wonderful event in memory of a cherished mother who was struck by this very cruel disease.

 

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